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


The Chongoene Archaeological and Biocultural Heritage Park project, in #Mozambique. Using the Rising from the Depths approach to preserve #bioculturalheritage in Gaza Province



Check out these presentations on @rftdnetwork projects at #WFC2021

We have a new member of the team starting today!

Our article (with @Geography_BU) on Coastal Vulnerability in East Africa has been highlighted by @CERFScience

#CHAMABOMA in #Bagamoyo is thriving! It’s now trusted by #TZ government and fishing companies & individuals. They’re building #Jahazi able to transport over 30tonnes. ⁦@Friday_Face⁩ ⁦@rftdnetwork⁩ ⁦@DrJonCHenderson⁩ ⁦@IchumbakiE⁩ ⁦@NautArchSoc⁩


Here are some pictures of a recent visit to archaeological sites on the Bazaruto archipelago (Mozambique) for #fieldworkFriday! Look forward to sharing the results of our recent fieldwork. Thanks for the support
@CFAAA4 , @The_BIEA , @BritishAcademy_ @SainsburyRUnit


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.