PhD Candidate, MARES Project
M.A. in Maritime Archaeology (Southampton), M.A. in Journalism (Université Libanaise)
Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, Lucy studied Archaeology at the Université Libanaise in Beirut. In 2001, she obtained a MA in Journalism as part of a joint programme between the Université Libanaise (Lebanon), the Institut Français de Presse (France), and the Centre de Formation et de Perfectionnement des Journalistes (France). She followed a one month internship at the archaeological French magazine “Le Monde de la Bible” in Paris.
In 2006, and after teaching history and geography in high school for three years in Lebanon, she received a full scholarship for a MA in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton from the Said Foundation. She worked under the supervision of Dr. Lucy Blue and graduated with distinction. Her dissertation, entitled “The role of cedar in the timber trade of the Lebanon during the Bronze Age and the Iron Age”, emphasised timber trade processes and the port city of Byblos (Lebanon) as a case study. She presented her research work at the 2008 TROPIS X symposium, Hydra, Greece. After graduating from Southampton, Lucy worked as a research assistant at the Archaeological Museum of the American University of Beirut (AUB).
Since 1998 Lucy has been involved in several terrestrial as well as maritime sites in Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. In 2008, she participated in the underwater visual survey of the American University of Beirut (URB Seed Grant) in Beirut and North Lebanon assisting Dr. Ralph Pedersen. She was a team member in the Lake Mareotis Research Project (August 2008) under the direction of Dr. Lucy Blue and Dr. Sameh Ramses, and the Hellenic Institute of Ancient and Mediaeval Alexandrian Studies 18th mission in Alexandria under the supervision of Mr. Tzalas (November 2008). Her duties mainly included surveying, excavating, photographing, post-excavation work and report writing. She is also an IANTD Nitrox and Advanced/Deep diver.
Lucy’s research within the MARES Project investigates the use of timber in shipbuilding around the Arabian/Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Her work will be based on literary sources and on ethno-archaeological methodologies during fieldwork. Lucy’s interests also encompass the study of landscapes and seascapes relating to maritime activities, environmental change due to timber exploitation, timber trade and maritime connections, and the symbolism related to the use of certain types of wood in shipbuilding.
- Semaan, L. 2002, Liban: un patrimoine menacé, Le Monde de la Bible, November, 146: 62-63.
- In press: Semaan, L. “The timber trade in the Lebanon in the Bronze Age and the Iron Age: the case of fluvial transportation”. Proceedings of Tropis X-10th International Symposium on Ship Construction in Antiquity 2-7 Sep. 2008. Athens.