Cheryl Ward is a maritime archaeologist and director of the Center for Archaeology & Anthropology at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University, and an M.S. in Bioarchaeology from the University of London’s Institute of Archaeology. Dr. Ward is principal investigator for maritime artifacts at the pharaonic port at Wadi Gawasis on the Red Sea in Egypt and recently reconstructed and sailed an ancient Egyptian seagoing ship. Past projects include remote surveys of the Black Sea; reconstruction of the world's oldest planked boats at Abydos, Egypt, and directing an underwater archaeological survey off the coast of Turkey. Her published works include Sacred and Secular: Ancient Egyptian Ship Construction (2000, AIA Monographs series), The Philosophy of Shipbuilding: Conceptual Approaches to the Study of Wooden Ships (2004, Texas A&M University Press), and many articles in both scholarly and popular journals.