Jafar Anbar - 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 finished my BA in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Damascus University in 2013. I work at the DGAM (Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums), Ministry of culture – Latakia, at the Department of Building Documentation, from 2014 until now and I have participated in training seminars in documentation and building restoration as well as training seminars in Conservation and Management in Archaeological Sites at DGAM.

Summary of Year One (2018-2019)
I have now completed my first year of the Masters programme MoMArch (Master of Maritime and Coastal Archaeology) at Aix-Marseille University, co-directed by Centre Camille Jullian – AMU-CNRS and the DRASSM (Département des Recherches Archéologiques Sub-aquatiques et Sous-marines) of the French Ministry of Culture.

This year consisted of theoretical and practical training in the following areas:
– Theoretical Courses (Introduction to Maritime Archaeology; Survey and excavation methods; Historiography and International Legislation; Coastal Geoarchaeology and Palaioenvironment; Case-studies: Conferences by invited professors).
– Professional Scientific diving course at the INPP (Institut National de Plongée Professionelle) at Marseilles.

Practical Training covering:
– Topography (DGPS, Total Station – fieldwork at the Oppidum of Roquefavour).
– Photogrammetry (terrestrial and underwater, Initiation in Agisoft software).
– QGIS Software processing.
– Illustrator software intensive training.
– Archaeogeography – aerial photos and satellite imagery (Centre Camille Jullian- CNRS).
– Labophoto (Centre Camille Jullian – CNRS).
– Conservation of water-logged artefacts (DRASSM – Conservation Laboratory).
– Conservation and Cataloguing of underwater collections (DRASSM- Les Milles).
– Ceramology (Céramopôle, Centre Camille Jullian-CNRS).
– Dendrology and Dendrochronology (CEREGE- Centre Européende Recherche et D’enseignement des Géosciences de L’environnement Laboratories – CNRS; IMBE Laboratory – Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Écologie Marine et Continentale (IMBE) – CNRS).
– Museography – Museology – Dissemination strategies (Musée Départemental d’Arles antique)

Practical Training in the field at the following sites:
– Chantier-école MoMArch: Fos-sur-Mer (May 2019). An underwater survey and excavation project at the submerged roman city of Fossa Mariana at the bay of Saint Gervais, Marseilles. Directed by Souen Fontaine, DRASSM.
– Aigina Harbour-city Project 2019-2023 (19 August- 13 September 2019). A French School at Athens project in harbour and coastal archaeology co-directed by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Aix-Marseille University.
– Attica Coastal Survey 2019 (14 – 22 September 2019). Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of the Greek Ministry.

During this year, I was also supervised by a team of teachers and researchers (Prof. Jean- Christophe Sourisseau, Dr. Kalliopi Baika and Dr. Nicolas Carayon) for the writing of a scientific dissertation on a topic of Mediterranean coastal archaeology. The dissertation was written in English and it was defended orally at the end of the second semester (June 2019). The title of the M1 dissertation is: The Multi-function harbour of Arwad Island on the Syrian coast, MoMArch – Aix-Marseille University 2019 (p. 57, figs.18).

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