National Geographic : 2002 Mar
Behind theSCENE AAT T HE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY ACareer, By George! Father of underwater archaeologystill diving OurMay 1962 issue pictured a young archaeology graduate student named George Bass and his wife, Ann, on their honey moon, with artifacts recovered from a shipwreck off southern Turkey-the first full-scale exca vation ever conducted by archae ologists on the seabed. Forty years later the two are still at it (above), this time with items from a Greek Golden Age shipwreck that George describes in this issue. Underwater archae ology has thrived as an academic discipline since 1962, and George - founder of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M-is known as its father. The Society has supported his work over the decades and BOTHBY COURTNEYPLATT honored him in 1988 with our Centennial Award. The tools of his trade have changed. Now he dives to wrecks in a two-person submersible, which he used to observe archae ologist Elizabeth Greene with an amphora from the Greek ship (above). "For a while last year, using the submersible, we were finding a wreck a day off the Turkish coast, enough to keep archaeologists busy for the next 50 years," George marvels. His most satisfying project? He refuses to look back. "It's always the next one," he says. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * MARCH 2002 Oceanic Tribute n the North Pacific two undersea volcanoes bear the names of Ann Judge and Joe Ferguson, Society staffers killed when their hijacked plane hit the Pen tagon September 11. The Board on Geographic Names ratified a proposal from Gail Cleere of the Office of Naval Research, who worked with Ann and Joe on an educa tional program.