Emad Khalil- Under Water Project

The Marsa Bagoush Underwater Project

Dr. Emad Khalil 
Professor of Maritime Archaeology, Department of Archaeology and Greco-Roman Studies, Alexandria University,
Research Director of the Alexandria University Centre for Maritime Archaeology & underwater Cultural Heritage 

Friday, January 26th, 2018
6:30 pm: Pre-Lecture Reception ($5.00/person)
7:00 pm: Lecture (Free)


The site of Marsa (anchorage in Arabic) Bagoush (ancient Zygris – Ζυγρίς) was mentioned in the Roman navigation guidebook Stadiasmus Maris Magni of the third century AD which states that ‘From Leuce Acte to Zygris 90 stadia; there is an islet; put into the place with it on your left; there is water in the sand.’ Hence, it is evident that the site was used as an anchorage at least as early at the Roman Period. In the late nineties, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology – Egypt, conducted a limited archaeological survey of the site, which resulted in the discovery of few amphorae. Yet, since 2015, with the support of the Honor Frost Foundation, the site of Marsa Bagoush has been under investigation by the Alexandria University Centre for Maritime Archaeology & Underwater Cultural Heritage. The investigation resulted in the discovery of evidence for seafaring activities that dates to the Hellenistic Period, in addition to evidence for changes in the geomorphology of the coastline since antiquity. Hence, this presentation will introduce the Marsa Bagoush Underwater Projects and its most recent discoveries.

Dr. Emad Khalil is a Professor of Maritime Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Greco-Roman Studies at Alexandria University, the Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies, and the Research Director of the Alexandria University Centre for Maritime Archaeology & underwater Cultural Heritage. He received his PhD in Archaeology from the School of Humanities, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS), Rome, and a Member of the Egyptian Delegation of UNESCO Unitwin Network for Underwater Archaeology. From 2013-2016 was the President of the International Council for Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH) for the International Council on monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Paris. In addition to Marsa Bargoush he has worked on and lead numerous research projects, including Lake Mareotis Research Project (Alexandria University, University of Southampton ) The Thistlegorm Project (Ain Shams University, University of Nottingham) and the Qaitbay Fort Archaeological Excavation (Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Egypt).

**This event takes place in Alexandria**
505 East Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22314
Across the street from Braddock road Metro station.
Venue sponsored by  Maria & Richard Calderon and

Also at the lecture:

During the Pre-Lecture Reception, there will be a raffle for items such as journals, jewelry, DVDs, etc. ARCE-DC members receive an extra raffle ticket.

Meet-the-Speaker & Networking Dinner: 

Immediately after the lecture, join ARCE-DC members and guests for a dinner with the speaker. We will meet at Lena's Woodfired Pizza and Tap-- located just a few blocks away. Each attendee pays for their own dinner and contributes an extra $5.00 to defray the cost of the speaker's dinner.  RSVP to Carol Boyer at ccboyer@comcast.net