SHIPS AND SHARDS:

Dr. George F. Bass

and the Birth of Underwater Archaeology

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“Everything ever made by man before the Industrial Revolution was transported by ships,’ says Dr. George Bass, the first trained archaeologist to conduct complete excavation, conservation and study of an ancient shipwreck on the seabed. His determination to explore and document the secrets of shipwreck “time capsules” from the Bronze Age to the present has added unimagined chapters to the world’s histories. This book will describe the pioneering work of an honored academic, author, and scientist and others who helped shape and distinguish the internationally recognized discipline of underwater, or nautical, archaeology.