AIA Lecturer/Host: Nicolle Hirschfeld
Nicolle Hirschfeld’s current research in Turkey centers on the shipwrecked cargo recovered in the waters off Cape Gelidonya, in the Antalya region. This is the site where George Bass established the science of nautical archaeology in 1960. In the summer of 2010 Nicolle returned to the wreck and, in collaboration with Bass and Harun Özdaş of Dokuz Eylül University, recovered many objects not noticed during that first pioneering season half a century earlier. She has also participated in the excavation of a Roman column wreck at Kizilburun, and spent half a dozen summers diving on the Late Bronze Age treasure ship at Uluburun and almost as many more analyzing those finds in the storerooms of the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Nicolle is especially curious about the movement of goods, people, and ideas along the coasts of the Aegean and Levant during the Late Bronze Age and among the urban centers of the Greek and Roman worlds.
An Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at Trinity University (San Antonio, TX), she received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, with an M.A. in nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University. Nicolle has long been involved with the Archaeological Institute of America, and in the course of her graduate work was awarded the AIA’s Harriet and Leon Pomerance fellowship and also the Olivia James Traveling fellowship. More recently, she had the honor and pleasure of representing the AIA as the Bass Lecturer in 2011/12 and this year she has been appointed a Kershaw Lecturer. Her first foray into leading archaeological tours was in fall 2011, on a circuit of the Aegean; she had so much fun that she could not resist the siren’s call of introducing a select group to the too-little-explored archaeological treasures of western Turkey next spring.