AIA Lecturer/Host: Shelley Wachsmann

Nautical archaeologist and Professor of Biblical Archaeology at Texas A&M University

Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Shelley Wachsmann is the Meadows Professor of Biblical Archaeology 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, served as an AIA Academic Trustee (2011-13), and has been a member of the AIA Tours Committee since 2011. Since 1992, he has lectured almost annually on the AIA’s national lecture circuit. Professor Wachsmann has authored six books and over 100 articles on the results of his field research and on other archaeological subjects. Professor Wachsmann has carried out extensive fieldwork in the eastern Mediterranean. In one of his most recent projects (2003-06), 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 to excellent reviews on six AIA-sponsored Mediterranean and Black Sea voyages.