Board Meeting and Research Seminar,
Copenhagen, December 2015
On December 9, 2015, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the institute held its first board meeting.
At the meeting issues discussed included the creation of membership in the institute, research opportunities for members, fieldwork, funding, and the creation of a journal dedicated to Red Sea studies in archaeology, ethnography, and general anthropological topics. A call for articles for our initial volume to be published in late 2016 will be issued in March 2016.
In conjunction with our meeting and in association with the FKK project Between Land and Sea (University of Copenhagen), on December 10 we held the Research Seminar “Ports, Piracy and Profit Ways and Means in Historical Maritime Trade.” (see below, this page)
At the seminar institute president Ralph K. Pedersen presented the paper “Geophysicality and Defining the Maritime Archaeosphere of the Red Sea: Hypotheticals to Practicalities,” and board member Lucy Semaan presented “The Weight of Wood: A multidisciplinary approach to boatbuilding in the Red Sea”.
Doctorate Awarded to Lucy Semaan
The officers and board of the institute extend our congratulations to fellow board member Lucy Semaan on the attainment of her doctoral degree from the University of Exeter.
As part of the MARES Project at the university, she conducted research on watercraft and the wood use in their construction in ethnographical and archaeological Red Sea settings, particularly in the Islamic period.