Archaeology professor Dan Davis on 4-month research expedition

Dan Davis, Luther visiting assistant professor of classical archaeology, recently began a four-month research expedition aboard the E/V Nautilus to explore ancient history throughout the Black, Aegean and Mediterranean seas and the Atlantic Ocean.

A live video stream and blog are available at the website http://nautiluslive.org/, providing real-time images and audio during each Nautilus discovery and research expedition.

The Nautilus, which left port on July 21, will begin its expedition in the Black Sea, continue to the Aegean and Mediterranean seas and finish in November off the coast of Israel.

Nautilus expedition scientists will map the sea floor, study underwater volcanoes, investigate unusual life forms, explore shipwrecks and perform numerous other archaeological explorations.

Davis serves as the expedition’s marine archaeologist on board the E/V Nautilus.

His research is focused on maritime technology, seaborne trade and navigation in the ancient Mediterranean and Black Sea. Davis has worked as a marine archaeologist on projects in the U.S., Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia.

Most recently he worked as a researcher for the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin, which for over a decade has been excavating the ancient Greek colonial site of Chersonesos in the southwest Crimea, Ukraine.

Davis began his interest in the undersea world as a U.S. Navy hardhat diver aboard submarine rescue ships.

He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1996 and a master's degree in nautical archaeology at Texas A&M University in 2001; he earned a doctoral degree in classical archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009.