The AIA Iowa Society Lecture Program: Ancient Shipwrecks in the Deep Black Sea: A New Frontier in Marine Archaeology


Monday, April 2, 2018 - 6:00pm


Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Presentation by Dan Davis, Classics Department, Luther College

The Black Sea served as a bustling maritime highway for the ancient and medieval cultures of Greece, Rome, Byzantium and the Italian maritime republics. Like the Mediterranean, its depths hide the remains of hundreds of ancient shipwrecks. But unlike the warm, oxygen-rich bottom of the Mediterranean, the anoxic waters of the Black Sea abyss have long been thought to preserve organic remains. An international team of archaeologists and oceanographers are starting to discover ancient and medieval shipwrecks here using the latest in robotic technology. The well-preserved state of these wrecks and their cargoes have electrified the archaeological community and the world. The story is told by Dan Davis (Luther College professor of Classics), who with Robert Ballard (discoverer of Titanic) conducted some of the first deep-water surveys and excavations using remotely-operated vehicles. 

The Archaeological Institute of American (AIA) Iowa Society Lecture Program is a joint initiative of  the Office of the State Archaeologist, the University of Iowa Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Religion, Art and Art History, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, and the Iowa Academy of Science.

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