Led by Co-founder, Mike Messick, watch centuries of history and splendid architecture come to life as you discover the countries surrounding the Black Sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. You'll explore busy bazaars, archeological treasures, and stunning landscapes.
Susan is the State Underwater Archaeologist for Maryland, a Dive Safety Officer, and a Master Scuba Diver Trainer through PADI. She received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Toronto with a minor in Far Eastern Art and Architecture, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in archaeology and a Certificate in Heritage Resource Management from the University of Calgary. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for several colleges and universities on maritime archaeology and the anthropology of piracy. She is a master spinner and gives demonstrations and presentations on textile technology and materials of cultural and historical importance. Susan has published numerous academic articles in journals and books, and partners with government agencies on diverse projects and legislation, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Parks Service, UNESCO, and the US Coast Guard. She also develops public education programming for use in interpretive centers, schools, and outreach programs. Susan enjoys raising bees and lectures globally on the archaeological evidence of their domestication, as well as being the beekeeper for the Governor’s residence.
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Susan's Upcoming Expeditions
Circumnavigation of the Black SeaJuly 18 — July 31, 2021
Crossroads of Empires: Cyprus, Israel, Egypt & JordanOctober 22 — November 4, 2021
The art, architecture, and archaeological wonders of the eastern Mediterranean are legacies of the world’s most celebrated empires. Over the millennia, a succession of cultures traded, conquered, and settled in these fabled lands, and we follow in their wake, piecing together the pages of the defining chapters of ancient civilization.