M.A. studies: Thesis track - Three years
M.A. studies: Non-thesis track – Two years
Ph.D. studies: Four years
The Department of Maritime Civilizations focuses on interdisciplinary studies; the combination of Humanities with Natural Sciences and provides a comprehensive approach to the study of the coast and the sea.
The Department offers graduate study programs (M.A. Ph.D.) within the fields of Coastal and Underwater Archaeology, Maritime History, Coastal and Marine Geomorphology, Marine Ecology and Marine Resources.
Underwater, nautical and coastal archaeology are devoted to the study of human cultures and maritime activities, especially in the Mediterranean context. In the Department of Maritime Civilizations, students study coastal settlements, harbours, remains of shipwrecks and cargoes, as well as art and literary sources. Numerous sites along the Israeli Mediterranean coast, including Caesarea Maritima, the Tantura Lagoon, Dor, Nami, Atlit, Abu Hawam and Akko (Acre) offer a unique opportunity for coastal and underwater archeological research. These studies are carried out with the support and close co-operation of the staff, laboratories and the maritime workshop of the Recanati Institute of Maritime Studies (RIMS).
The study of maritime history covers periods ranging from ancient times to recent historical periods, focusing on maritime trade and legal and military history. Study and research are based on written sources such as classical literature and poetry, coins, inscriptions and other written documents. The main goal of maritime history within the Department of Maritime Civilizations is to investigate the Mediterranean as a network of ports, maritime empires and seafaring routes.
Within the Department of Maritime Civilizations, an interdisciplinary approach is implemented when studying coastal and marine geomorphology. Sedimentological, stratigraphical, geophysical and ecological analyses are used, as well as archaeological and historical data in order to reconstruct past coastal environments and past locations of the coastline over geological and historical time scales. Reconstructing the past environmental conditions is essential for a better understanding of human settlement processes. Given recent concerns about global environmental changes, such research provides clues about how coastal environments might affect humankind in the future.
Students studying marine ecology at the Department of Maritime Civilizations are engaged in field and laboratory research of organisms ranging from sponges to marine mammals. Scientific research focuses on understanding current and recent/historical ecological processes, in the context of global and regional/local change. Moreover, graduate students learn how humankind exploited sea life in the past, and explore the ways to continue using coastal and oceanic resources in a sustainable way.
Mrs. Laura Cohen
Phone #: +972-48240941
Sun & Wed: 12:00 - 16:00
Mon, Tue, Thu: 08:00 - 12:00