Elsy el-khoury - 2021-2022 - AUB Scholar

A desire to extend my knowledge and an enthusiasm to uncover the history of my country motivated me to pursue a career in archaeology. I believe that my educational background has instilled in me the qualities required to meet the rigor of this demanding course. I bring along with me a strong grasp of fundamentals in the sea world, unique but relevant work experience, along with a desire to learn, a tendency for teamwork and challenges.

I have undertaken a bachelor degree in Archaeology from the Lebanese University Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, and I have finished my MA courses in Ancient Near East but did not complete my thesis. My fascination for the sea and my passion in art and history led me to apply to this program that will offer me the opportunity to combine my two interests to do a thesis related to maritime questions in the eastern Mediterranean.

During my studies in Archeology, I worked as a field archeologist in the excavation of Tabarja, Batroun and Akkar. Currently I am employed at the Directorate General of Antiquities (DGA) in the regions of Byblos, Kesserwan, and Maten. I gained a deep knowledge and experience in the terrestrial excavations, and this scholarship from Honor Frost Foundation will teach me new skills in underwater archeology in order to grow and to contribute to society.

In this first semester I gained a deeper knowledge about the maritime world and how it affected a lot of events throughout history. The combination of archaeology, oceanography and geology in this MSCU program motivated me to know more about the ocean and the sea as there was a lot of new courses (oceanography, meteorology, Wave dynamics and Tides…) apart from archaeology. And learning how humans interacted with the sea in ancient times, was a big part of this semester, which was very exciting to me as an archaeologist. I did a lot of reading that came with our assignments and watched scientific documentaries too, I also had the chance to experience some of the theories that we’ve learned in the program on fishing trips with fishermen from my coastal village.

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