AIA Lecturer/Host: Nicolle Hirschfeld

Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at Trinity University


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. In Turkey she has also participated in the excavation of a Roman column wreck at Kizilburun, 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 technologies 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 College, M.A. in nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University, and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Nicolle has long been involved with the Archaeological Institute of America, first as a student and then as a professional at local and national levels. She led her first archaeological tour in 2011 and had so much fun that most years she cannot resist the siren’s call to share the too-little-explored archaeological treasures of ancient Anatolia with small groups of interested and interesting people.

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