Rising from the Depths

Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa
to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits

The Rising from the Depths network is funded for four years, 2017-21, by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through the Arts and Humanities Research Council Network Plus scheme.

Latest Updates from Twitter


What better day to shout about our workshop than the #ClimateHeritage Takeover at #FestivalofArchaeology! Come on 3 Aug to discuss Tanzania’s marine cultural heritage & climate change – full programme to follow!
Funded by @rftdnetwork

Very good news that lobbying from various quarters including @UAUK_Matters and @APPGArchaeology has resulted in #archaeology being excluded from the proposed budget cut for higher education teaching https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/media/0e833c6f-c355-4743-8953-071bbe9b1518/ts-and-cs-on-recurrent-funding-19-july.pdf

Listen to the @honor_frost podcast to hear @IchumbakiE⁩ and ⁦@chemical_tz⁩ talking about their @rftdnetwork research in #Tanzania https://honorfrostfoundation.org/2021/07/16/dive-dig-blog-episode-five/

One week to go! Apply now for Post-Doctoral Research Assistant with @rftdnetwork https://edin.ac/2UW94vX #archaeology #Edinburgh #postgraduate #job

Another morning for #ourproductionteam in the #IndianOcean! Few members of #CHAMABOMA initiated by the support of ⁦@rftdnetwork⁩ are participating. ⁦@dickybates2⁩ ⁦@IchumbakiE⁩ ⁦@chemical_tz⁩ ⁦@DrJonCHenderson⁩ ⁦@Friday_Face⁩ ⁦@Maraakib⁩


Me trying to educate my new friends on how we can use digitals to preserve and conserve our heritage 🏢...#digitizing_Tanzanian_cultural_heritage
They're concentration is 10/10 😊 Cc @urithiwetutz @rftdnetwork
@dickybates2 @DonaldHerd3

Innovation Projects

As part of the Network funding, we have £800,000 to fund a range of Innovation Projects.  These projects will fill the knowledge gaps that currently limit the way Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) contributes to social, cultural and economic sustainable growth in Eastern Africa.


Rising from the Depths aims to identify how the tangible submerged and coastal Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) of Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar, and its associated intangible aspects can stimulate ethical, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the region, of benefit not only to building social cohesion and reducing poverty in individual states, but also in enhancing the value and impact of overseas aid in the maritime sector.

Maritime East Africa

The full potential and importance East African maritime heritage has not yet been realised. Critically, it is under threat from natural forces and climate driven coastal change as well as intensification in coastal and offshore development.


Rising from the Depths is a joint initiative led by the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with the Universities of Roehampton, York, Ulster, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Uppsala (Sweden), and Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique). We also have a wide range of international and in-region partners.