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Deborah N. Carlson

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President, Institute of Nautical Archaeology
Program Coordinator, Nautical Archaeology Program
Associate Professor, Sara W. and George O. Yamini Fellow
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Worked at TAMU from
2004 - present


Deborah Carlson is a classical archaeologist specializing in trade and seafaring in the ancient Mediterranean. She participated in terrestrial excavations at ancient sites in Italy and Greece before assisting Dr. George Bass with the excavation of a Classical Greek merchant ship wrecked off the Aegean coast of Turkey at Tektaş Burnu, which she is currently preparing for publication. Deborah is also the president of INA and the archaeological director of INA’s excavation of a Late Hellenistic shipwreck at Kizilburun, Turkey. She has published in the American Journal of Archaeology, the International Journal of Nautical ArchaeologyHesperia, and is the 2010-11 Joukowsky lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America’s National Lecture Program. Deborah teaches courses in Greek and Roman Archaeology, Classical Seafaring, Mediterranean Pottery, and Latin.


2021        D. N. Carlson and C. Pulak, “George Fletcher Bass (1932-2021),” American Journal of Archaeology 125.3 (2021), 471-474.

2020        D. N. Carlson. Review of The Hellenistic Harbour of Amathus: Underwater Excavations, 1984-1986. Volume 1: Architecture and History and Volume 2: Artefacts Found During Excavation, edited by J.-Y. Empereur. American Journal of Archaeology 124.1.

2017        W. Aylward and D.N. Carlson, “Excavation and Analysis of the Kızılburun Column Wreck: Construction Processes of Doric Peristyle Columns in the Late Hellenistic and Early Roman Periods,” in The Archaeology of Anatolia: Recent Discoveries (2015-2016) Volume II, edited by S. R. Steadman and G. McMahon (Cambridge Scholars Press), 230-256.

2016        D. N. Carlson, “The Ships of Lake Nemi,” in the Oxford Classical Dictionary, edited by Sander M. Goldberg (Oxford University Press).

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.

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.

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.

2011        D. N. Carlson, “The Seafarers and Shipwrecks of Ancient Greece and Rome,” in The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology, edited by A. Catsambis, B. Ford, and D. L. Hamilton (Oxford University Press), 379-405.

2010        D. N. Carlson and W. Aylward, “The Kızılburun Shipwreck and the Temple of Apollo at Claros,” American Journal of Archaeology 114.1: 145-159.

2009        D. N. Carlson, “Seeing the Sea: Ships’ Eyes in Classical Greece,” Hesperia 78.3: 347-365.

2007        D. N. Carlson, “Mast-step coins among the Romans,” International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 36.2: 317-324.

2003        D. N. Carlson, “The Classical Greek Shipwreck at Tektaş Burnu, Turkey,” American Journal of Archaeology 107.4: 581-600.