Ziad Morsy – Ph. D Scholarship. funded by Honor Frost Foundation

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On August 2016 I was generously awarded the HFF Studentship at the CMA at the University of Southampton, marking the third HFF Ph.D. Studentship at the University of Southampton.

Upon the completion of BA in Greco-Roman Archaeology, I have enrolled in the first MA class at the ACMAUCH – Faculty of Arts – Alexandria University where I completed a study of Egypt’s Traditional Sail Boats.

Since 2009 I have been employed by the CMA – Alexandria University and became a research assistant at the Marsa Bagoush Survey Project (MBSP) funded by the HFF for the years 2015 and 2016. I have also been a team member of the Anfeh Maritime Fieldwork Project in 2013.

In 2016 I was awarded the HFF Bursary to attend IKUWA 2016, where I’ve presented a poster of my research, and co-presented a paper with Prof. Emad Khalil. Finally, in 2017 I have been awarded the HFF Scholarship Award for attending HFF Conference in October 2017.

Currently approaching my first annual progression review, I am working to advance my previous work on Nile boats and riverine traditional communities, and focus more on the socio-economic factors which affected the riverine boat building traditions. Also, the research project will take an ethnographic approach to trace and record the evolution of boat building traditions on the Nile during the last 100 – 150 years in Egypt. Last month I finished the preliminary fieldwork in Egypt, where I have spent time by the Nile to identify the potential remaining riverine traditions, and making the first contact with the communities there. The research will look in depth at the impact of the building of the Aswan High Dam, not only on the Nile environment but also on the social and economic aspects of the lives of communities around the river, with a focus on maritime traditions.

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