AIA Lecturer/Host: Shelley Wachsmann

Professor of Biblical Archaeology in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University

Shelley Wachsmann is the Meadows Professor of Biblical Archaeology and Coordinator of the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University, where he has been teaching courses in ancient seafaring and biblical archaeology since 1990. Born in Canada, Professor Wachsmann immigrated to Israel in 1968, where he earned all three of his degrees in Near Eastern Archaeology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology (Ph.D. 1990). From 1976 to 1989 he served as the Inspector of Underwater Antiquities for the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums, during which time he was directly responsible for the nautical heritage of Israel.

Professor Wachsmann is a Life Member of the Archaeological Institute of America and was elected an AIA Academic Trustee in 2011. Since 1992, he has lectured annually on the AIA’s national lecture circuit. Professor Wachsmann has authored five books and over sixty articles on the results of his field research and on other archaeological subjects. His latest book deals with a 13th-century B.C. wooden ship model from Gurob, Egypt, which is the most detailed representation known of a Helladic (Greek) galley from the designated period of Odysseus. Professor Wachsmann has carried out extensive fieldwork in the eastern Mediterranean. Most recently, in 2003-2006, he directed the Canadian team of a joint Canadian-Greek expedition in search of fleets lost during the Persian War in the early 5th century B.C. ( From 2007 to 2009 he annually led a deep-water survey studying the Crete-to-Egypt trade route in antiquity ( Also since 2007, Professor Wachsmann has lectured annually on AIA-sponsored Mediterranean voyages. On this program he plans to discuss such topics as seafaring in the Bronze Age, deep-submergence archaeology, and the bow of Odysseus.