BSR Online Lecture | En route to Alexandria: the harbour of Zygris / Ladamantia on the northwest coast of Egypt

WEDNESDAY 3 MARCH, 18.00–19.30 CET

Emad Khalil (Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology)

G.E. Rickman Lecture

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The site of Zygris/Ladamantia (present Marsa Bagoush) was discovered in 2010 by a group of students from Alexandria University. The archaeological survey of the site by the Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology & Underwater Cultural Heritage started in 2015. The survey aimed to explore and document the underwater archaeological remains in Marsa Bagoush. Since then, at least three shipwrecks have been identified. The wrecks date back to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Islamic periods. The sites also contain extensive evidence for maritime activities including different types of amphorae and the largest collection of ancient anchors found in Egypt outside Alexandria. The site was also associated with a network of Roman underground water cisterns which was a major attraction for boats traveling along the Egyptian coastline. The project revealed that ancient Zygris/Ladamantia was one of the largest and most active ancient anchorages along the northern coast of Egypt, which has been in use from as early as the 3rd century BC to the early 20th century.

The lecture will present the project and the latest discoveries on the site of Zygris/Ladamantia.

Emad Khalil is a Professor of Maritime Archaeology at the Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt, and the founding Director of the Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology & Underwater Cultural Heritage. Professor Khalil is a UNESCO Chair-Holder in Underwater Culture Heritage, a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body for the UNESCO 2001 Convention, a member of the ICOMOS International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH), and the Alexandria University representative in the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology.

Professor Khalil obtained his MA and PhD degrees in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton, in 2002 and 2005 respectively. However, he has been involved in maritime and underwater archaeology since the early nineties. Since then, he has contributed to several archaeological projects in Egypt, including, the Pharos Lighthouse Excavation, the Sadana Island Shipwreck Excavation, the Lake Mareotis Research Project, the Northwest Coast Shipwreck Survey and the Marsa Bagoush Research Project. Professor Khalil was awarded the State Instinctive Award by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the Academic Excellence Award by the Union of Arab Archaeologists, and he was a finalist for the 2020 UK Global Alumni Award for Professional Achievement.