Ghaiath Merhej - 2018 - University of Aix-Marseille MA Scholar

In June 2018, I was awarded the HFF Scholarship at MoMarch (Master of Maritime and Coastal Archaeology) at Aix-Marseille University. With this valuable opportunity, I will be one of the first two students who are studying Maritime Archaeology and looking forward to obtaining the scientific and practical experience to start maritime Archaeology studies in Syria for the first time.

I graduated from the faculty of arts and human sciences, Department of Archeology at the University of Damascus. I have always had the desire and motivation to study and specialize in underwater archeology but this specialty is not available in Syria. I am interested in seas and oceans and to discover the depths and civilizations that ended up at the bottom of the sea and ocean and brought it back to life again. Especially the presence of many ships sunk off the Syrian coast, in addition to the presence of many archaeological sites on the Syrian coast.

In 2011, I started working at DGAM/ Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums, –
Ministry of culture – Latakia, at the Department of Building Documentation and excavation.