Professor emeritus talking Bronze Age shipwrecks

Roger Williamson, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology in the Carver College of Medicine, will present “A Tale of Two Bronze Age Shipwrecks,” a School of Art and Art History lecture, at 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, in Room W151 of Pappajohn Business Building.

The free lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.

Williamson has long been active in the Institute of Nautical Archeology, for which he is an associate director, and has participated in archeological dives.

He will discuss a 1200 B.C. shipwreck off the coast of Turkey that was first excavated in 1960. Williamson was the excavation physician and diver when the site was revisited to coincide with the 50th anniversary of underwater archeology.

He also will describe a 1320 B.C. wreck that may be the most important underwater site yet found. Among the contents were 10 tons of copper and a ton of tin to make bronze, Canaanite jars, glass ingots, pottery export wares, bronze tools and weapons, ivory objects, and gold and silver jewelry.

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