Sheri Kapahnke

“Underwater Archaeology of the Mediterranean: Where we’ve Been and Where we’re Heading”

On Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 7:00 PM EDT via Zoom, Sheri Kapahnke, a maritime archeologist, will give a talk on her experiences exploring artifacts underwater. Performing archaeology under water is a fairly recent method of studying the ancient world, one that has allowed us to uncover artifacts unseen on terrestrial sites, illuminate a larger variety of ancient lives, and develop new perspectives for understanding interactions between peoples. From submerged shipwrecks, towns, harbours, and anchorages, our stories are dependent on the sea, and what has slipped beneath it.

Sheri earned her M.Sc. in Maritime Archaeology and Conservation in 2020 at Texas A&M University. Her thesis explored the application of optically stimulated luminescence to an archaeological site underwater in order to understand artifact disturbance and site formation. She has explored a number of sites in the Mediterranean including one off the coast of Lebanon near Tyre. Sheri earned her B.A. in Greek and Roman Studies with minors in Archaeology and Art History from Carleton University.