Maritime Archaeology Outreach Project (MAOP) - ongoing

Nada Nofal

Egypt has a significant, and quite unique underwater cultural heritage, however, there is an evident lack of public knowledge and awareness of maritime archaeology in Egypt. Hence, there is a strong need to carry out an outreach project aiming to educate people about maritime and underwater cultural heritage and increase public awareness of the importance of such heritage.

Children of various ages are the main part of the community which the project will engage with. The project targets children between age 6 and 12 and aims to introduce children to the field of maritime archaeology in an age-appropriate approach that teaches basic archaeological concepts and generates interest and awareness of the field.

The project’s main aim is to educate children about maritime archaeology, which will have direct influence on the way they think about the material past, its discovery, significance, value and protection. Educating children about maritime archaeology not only helps create an informed public, but also indirectly educates parents and guardians. So the project objectives are to:
• Introduce school children between 6-12 years to maritime archaeology and marine environment.
• help the children understand and appreciate the role of maritime archaeologists and the different activities they carry out during surveys, excavations and research. Moreover, to educate them about diving equipment and excavation techniques.
• educate children about the protection and preservation of underwater cultural heritage.
raise public awareness of the value of underwater cultural heritage, including the difference between archaeology, treasure hunting and looting.

The maritime archaeology outreach project (MAOP) will be run by a team of three graduate students from the Alexandria University Centre for Maritime Archaeology & Underwater Cultural Heritage (CMAUCH).