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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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January 16th 2013:“And They Also Made Boats…” Maritime Archaeology in Pharaonic Egypt”

While the contributions of the ancient Egyptians to Western Civilization are familiar to the general public, this brilliant culture's seafaring technology is little known. Recent investigations have revealed that a sophisticated and efficient shipbuilding industry thrived in Pharaonic Egypt. River and seafaring vessels were locally and regionally built that facilitated commerce and transportation along the Nile and beyond. This episode examines how terrestrial and maritime archaeology enables researchers to reconstruct the ancient technology of Egyptian shipbuilding. Maritime archaeologist Che

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Kathryn Bard

Kathryn Bard is a Professor of Archaeology at Boston University. She received her B.A from Connecticut College in 1968, M.F.A. from Yale University in 1971, M.A. from University of Michigan and University of Toronto in 1974 and 1976, respectively, and lastly, her Ph.D from University of Toronto in 1987. In the course of her career she has conducted field excavations in Egypt (Predynastic settlements at Hu, Hu-Semaineh and pharaonic port of Mersa/Wadi Gawasis) and Ethiopia (Ona Edna Aboi Zewge and Ona Nagast) for over 20 years. Bard also authored and coauthored numerous books and article, including “An introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt,” “From Farmers to Pharaohs: Mortuary Evid
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Cheryl Ward

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
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