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February 19, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU Department of Anthropology will host distinguished nautical archaeologist George F. Bass on Wednesday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall.

Bass will lecture on "Archaeology and the Phoenicians of Homer: The World's Oldest Shipwrecks."

Bass is the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Distinguished Professor of Nautical Archaeology and the George O. Yamini Family Chair in Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University.

For more than 40 years, Bass has taken part in underwater excavations exploring and discovering artifacts from around the Mediterranean. He is cofounder of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, headquartered in the small Turkish coastal town of Bodrum.

Thanks to Bass and his team of divers, the Bodrum museum has the world's largest collection of Islamic glass as well as other 11th century artifacts.

Bass is the recipient of several archaeological awards and has written seven books and more than 100 articles on the nautical archaeology.