Sirine Saad El-Dine Ghiye is a graduate archaeologist from the Lebanese University, Tripoli who has a fascination with maritime archaeology and is a diver in progress.

I’ve had an interest in maritime archaeology since I started studying archaeology. My first step to achieve my goal was when I did the NAS training in Sidon-Lebanon.

In my persistent pursuit and endeavour to improve my knowledge and get more experience in maritime archaeology and maritime cultural heritage I attended the online course Anchor recording using the Big Anchor Project. What an opportunity! Such a great experience for me to attend this course because of the abundant information available to understand and learn about the many types of anchors and their development from antiquity to today and their symbolic importance to society.

On this day we made a virtual trip around the world to recognise different types of anchors and this brought a memory back alive to my mind of some beautiful photos from 1990 of my brother and sisters with my cousins standing on big anchor with cotter pin in Al-Mina Tripoli, North Lebanon.

The most interesting part of the training was learning about the Big Anchor Project database as a way to save and record information about anchors around the world. They are an important part of our maritime cultural heritage.

The whole day ran very smoothly, all the presenters worked well together to help the participants to understand the basic steps to reach the goal of the training which was hosted and managed easily thanks to Education Manager Peta Knott.

Thank you to NAS for sharing an amazing course such as the Anchor Recording course, and thank you Honor Frost Foundation for funding this course for me and other students to attend. This opportunity is another step in my career to achieve my goal.

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