Name of the Project


Project leader

Jean-Christophe Sourisseau


Académie d’excellence


Labeled in the “Excellence Academy” by the A*MIDEX University Foundation, the Masters degree MoMarch was established in September 2013, and is composed by international experts in underwater archaeology, and the built environment of the land / sea interface for periods covering protohistory to the modern today.

A high quality multidisciplinary training

Based on a synergy of scientific expertise, methods and resources of Aix-Marseille University and Département des Recherches Archéologiques Subaquatiques et Sous-Marines (Ministry of Culture), MoMArch builds on expertise developed over the last 50 years in the pioneering institutions of Aix and Marseilles.

This institutional synergy allows us to offer a multidisciplinary training at the highest level; both theoretical and practical, for the future management, research, and protection of the archaeological maritime heritage in France and abroad.

The training lasts for two years - Master 1 and Master 2: Organized via alternating semesters centred on multidisciplinary and theoretical approaches, and then, operational policies.

Eight students will be admitted each year, half recruited from abroad [this number is fixed]

Training Themes

Acquisition of disciplinary knowledge:

Port archaeology and coastal areas, marine archaeology, archaeology of maritime trade, deep-water archaeology, palaeoenvironmental sciences.

Methodological and Technical Education:

Education in the process of research and rescue/salvage archaeology to the point of execution, publication of results and their presentation to the public.

Education in the process of preventive conservation, and training in methods of detection and documentation in the field (topography, photogrammetry, GIS, instrumented detection, etc.).

Hyperbaric Training:

Suitable for archaeological practice - provided in collaboration with the National Institute of Professional Diving.

Field schools/practical experience

Acquisition of field experience is based on two training sites used by Drassm and the Camille Jullian Centre this is complemented by internships in France and abroad. Both sites have MoMarch schools that support archaeological research in harbour contexts; one in the Bay of Girolata in Corsica, the other in the Gulf of Fos.

Students are also trained by a group of teachers and researchers in the skills of scientific paper writing in the areas of maritime and coastal archaeology.

Supported by the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, the master MoMArch Masters will soon be a part of the UniTwin (University) network.

Coordinator : Jean-Christophe Sourisseau (Degree Director - AMU Centre Camille Jullian)

Scientific Direction: Jean-Christophe Sourisseau (AMU Centre Camille Jullian) & Michel L'Hour (Drassm)

Coordination Drassm: Souen Fontaine (Drassm)

Operational Support:  Mourad El-Amouri (Ipso facto)