Greek & Roman archaeology, ancient seafaring
Current Research Projects:
I am a classical archaeologist specializing in trade and seafaring in the ancient Mediterranean, I earned an M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Arizona, participating in terrestrial excavations at Tegea, Greece and Lugnano in Teverina, Italy. Later, as a graduate student in the Nautical Archaeology Program, I studied with Dr. George Bass, who invited me to serve as the assistant director of a fifth-century B.C. Classical Greek shipwreck excavation at Tektaş Burnu, Turkey (1999-2001). The amphora cargo from this wreck was the focus of my Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Texas at Austin in 2004.
From 2005 until 2011, together with colleague Dr. Donny Hamilton, I excavated a ship that sank off the coast of Kızılburun, Turkey in the late second or first-century B.C. while transporting a marble column weighing more than 50 tons. I am proud to serve as President of the non-profit Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) and as an active member of the National Lecture Program sponsored by INA’s sister organization, the Archaeological Institute of America. I teach undergraduate courses in Greek and Roman archaeology, nautical archaeology, Latin, and a graduate seminar in Classical Seafaring.
My archaeological fieldwork has been funded by the Archaeological Institute of America, National Geographic, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the American Research Institute in Turkey. In 2015 I co-published the proceedings of an international symposium on Byzantine trade entitled Maritime Studies in the Wake of the Byzantine Shipwreck at Yassiada, Turkey and I am presently overseeing the final publication of the Tektas Burnu shipwreck.
ANTH 316 – Nautical Archaeology
ANTH/CLAS 353 – Archaeology of Ancient Greece
ANTH/CLAS 354 – Archaeology of Ancient Italy
ANTH 613 – Classical Seafaring
ANTH 660 – Field Archaeology
CLAS 121 – Beginning Latin I
CLAS 122 – Beginning Latin II
Current Graduate Students:
Rebecca Mattson, Carla Pereira, Caroline Thurkill, Phil Watson
Selected and Recent Publications:
2016 D. N. Carlson, “The Ships of Lake Nemi,” in the Oxford Classical Dictionary, edited by Sander M. Goldberg (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
2016 D. N. Carlson, “The Underwater Recovery of Monumental Marble Column Drums from an Ancient Shipwreck at Kızılburun, Turkey,” Journal of Maritime Archaeology 11.2 219-230.
2015 D. N. Carlson, J. Leidwanger, and S. Kampbell, eds. Maritime Studies in the Wake of the Byzantine Shipwreck at Yassıada, Turkey (Texas A&M University Press, 2015). 272 pages.
2015 D. N. Carlson, O. Köyağasıoğlu, and S. Willis, “The Ancient Shipwreck Excavation at Godavaya, Sri Lanka,” INA Quarterly 42.2 12-19.
2014 D. N. Carlson, “Dating a Shipwrecked Marble Cargo Destined for the Temple of Apollo at Claros,” in Le sanctuaire de Claros et son oracle: Actes d’un colloque international à la Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée à Lyon, edité par J.-C. Moretti (Lyon 2014), 51-61.
2014 D.N. Carlson, O. Köyağasıoğlu, and J. Littlefield, “An INA Odyssey to the North Aegean: The 2013 Survey for Shipwrecks off the Coast of Troy,” INA Quarterly 41.2 10-15.
2013 D. N. Carlson, “A View from the Sea: The Archaeology of Maritime Trade in the Fifth-Century B.C. Aegean,” in Handels- und Finanzgebaren in der Ägäis im 5. Jh. v. Chr. (Trade and Finance in the 5 th c. BC Aegean World) edited by A. Slawisch, BYZAS 18 (Istanbul 2013), 1-23.
2013 D.N. Carlson and K. Trethewey, “Exploring the Oldest Shipwreck in the Indian Ocean,” INA Quarterly 40.1 8-14.
2012 W. Aylward, D.N. Carlson, D. Laroche, J.-C. Moretti, and S. Pike, “The Temple of Apollo at Claros and the Kızılburun Shipwreck: Preliminary Analysis of Isotopic Data,” in Interdisciplinary Studies on Ancient Stone: Proceedings of the IX Association for the Study of Marbles and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA) Conference, (Tarragona 2009), edited by A. Garcia-M., P. Mercadal, I. Rodà de Llanza. 540-548.