In 2009 the Alexandria University Centre for Maritime Archaeology & Underwater Cultural Heritage (CMAUCH) was established as a result of EU funded project under the EU-Tempus III scheme. The project was a collaboration between several EU and Egyptian institutions including Alexandria University, the University of Southampton, the National Centre for Scientific Research in France and the Egyptian Ministry of Education, and aimed to create a centre for postgraduate studies which provides education and training at different levels in aspects of maritime and underwater archaeology. The project also aimed to develop a Postgraduate Diploma and Master programmes in Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage, designed and structured in accordance with EU standards.
Since its establishment, the CMAUCH has gained a distinguished international reputation. It has an annual intake of 10-15 students who seek to obtain a postgraduate diploma in Maritime Archaeology. However, most of them proceed to the Masters after finishing the Diploma. Over the past years, most of the students have been fresh graduates of archaeology, conservation, history, anthropology and relevant disciplines. However, the centre has had several professional archaeologists already working for the Antiquities Authorities in different Arab countries who seek to develop their careers by obtaining the MA in Maritime Archaeology. With the support of HFF the CMAUCH is seeking to become a regional centre of excellence in Maritime and Underwater Archaeology in Africa and the Arab Region.
It was amongst the founding institutions of the UNESCO UNTWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology. Students and staff from the centre have also collaborated with a number of international institutions and participated on several international research projects in Lebanon, Croatia, Cyprus, Italy, Greece, France and the UK.
During the past years, the CMAUCH has obtained funding from the HFF for fieldwork, students scholarships and international publications. That includes funding the Marsa Bagoush Underwater Project since 2015. It also includes funding the publishing of the first Arabic book on Maritime and Underwater Archaeology by Emad Khalil.
On the other hand, the CMAUCH has been involved in a number of EU project funded through the Erasmus+ scheme. That included “The Use of Virtual Reality in Cultural Heritage Education – VirCult”, in collaboration with the University of Nottingham – UK, Democritus University of Thrace – Greece and a number of other partners. The project which extended between 2013-2016 aimed to develop 3D virtual models for a number of archaeological sites in Egypt, both terrestrial and underwater, using laser scanning and photogrammetry techniques, to be used for educational purposes.
In 2017 The CMAUCH has also collaborated with the University of Nottingham in a project funded by the UK-Egypt funding scheme Newton-Mosharafa, which aimed to develop 3D virtual models for a number of underwater sites in Egypt with the aim of utilising such models for developing management plans for those sites. That included surveying and 3D modelling the most famous shipwreck in the Egyptian Red Sea, the SS Thistlegorm (http://thethistlegormproject.com)
Moreover, the centre is currently involved in the project “Education and Capacity Building in Museum Studies – EduMUST” in collaboration with the University of Southampton – UK, the École du Louvre – France, the Musée royal de Mariemont- Belgium and several other partners. The project aims to develop an international academic program in Museology which will be based in Alexandria University.
The Sadana Island Shipwreck is an 18th century Ottoman porcelain carrier that was discovered in 1994 near Sadana Island c. 40km south of Hurghada along the Red Sea coast of Egypt. The wreck lies at the bottom of the reef at a depth of 30m – 48m. Between 1995 and 1998 the site was partially […]
Prof Emad Khalil recipient of an HFF award to publish the first ever handbook of maritime archaeology written in Arabic has recently completed and published the volume. This volume will no doubt be an invaluable text book for Arabic speaking students of maritime archaeology for years to come. The book is designed not only for students […]
With the kind support of the HFF, the Centre for Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage of Alexandria University concluded its third season of fieldwork at the site of Marsa Bagoush during the period from the 1st to the 16th of September 2017. The survey was carried out by a team of 22 graduate students […]
With the kind support of the HFF, the Centre for Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage of Alexandria University concluded its second season of fieldwork at the site of Marsa Bagoush. The 2016 season extended form the 12th to the 27th of August during which 124 dives were carried out by a team of graduate […]