Dan Davis has been an assistant professor of Classics since 2011. Dan teaches ancient Greek, Latin, and classical civilization courses, including ancient science, Greek and Roman archaeology, marine archaeology, ancient civilization, and mythology.
Professor Davis has authored numerous articles on ancient seafaring and marine archaeology. He is currently working on two major publication projects.
The Kyrenia ship, which sank off northern Cyprus around 290 B.C., was fully excavated and conserved in nearby Kyrenia castle. Since the 1980s two replicas have been built, Kyrenia II and Kyrenia Liberty, for the purposes of testing methods of ancient hull construction and for testing their sailing performance under various weather conditions. Professor Davis, together with the replicas' ship captain Glafkos Cariolou, are publishing the results of those sailing trials in a chapter entitled "Kyrenia Liberty: Performance under Sail and Navigation." Publication of the two-volume report on the Kyrenia shipwreck is set for 2018.
Bodrum, Turkey was the setting for a three-day symposium (October 18-21) on the Nautilus expeditions and their discoveries. Twenty authors presented papers on a range of subjects, including marine archaeology, biology, ecology, and geology, and the negative effects of modern trawling on submerged cultural landscapes. Download the official symposium program.
Michael Brennan and Dan Davis, together with the contributors at the Bodrum Symposium, are in the research and writing phase for a large volume entitled Archaeological Oceanography of the Aegean and Black Sea. Publication is set for 2018.