Nov. 3, 2011
Dan Davis, Luther College visiting assistant professor of classics, will present a Classical Society lecture Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Franklin W. Olin Building, Room 102, on the Luther campus.
The lecture, titled "Underwater Archaeology in the Black Sea," is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The Black Sea was once a bustling waterway in ancient and medieval times. The sea's fickle weather ensured shipping losses each year. Deep-water archaeologists are starting to discover and explore this enormous graveyard of ships dating from every century of recorded history.
Over the summer, Davis and a team of oceanographers and engineers discovered nine well-preserved shipwrecks in the Black Sea dating to between the fifth century B.C. and the 18th century A.D. In his lecture, Davis will share the highlights of these discoveries and the plans for future work.
Davis holds the bachelor of arts degree in classics from The University of Iowa, the master of arts degree in nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University and the doctoral degree in classics and classical archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin.
His research is focused on the maritime world of the ancient Mediterranean and Black Sea, particularly nautical technology, navigation and seaborne trade.
Davis has worked as a marine archaeologist on projects in the U.S., Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia.
Since 2006 he has served as the chief archaeologist on several deep-water shipwreck surveys and excavations in the Black Sea. His interest in the maritime and undersea world began as a U.S. Navy hardhat diver aboard submarine rescue ships.