Mr Mark Polzer

Casual Academic

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (123)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Mr Mark Polzer is a Lecturer (Level B) in the Maritime Archaeology Program at Flinders University, as well as a research associate of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) at Texas A&M University. Mr Polzer is an expert in early shipbuilding, especially in the eastern Mediterranean, where his studies have focused primarily on Archaic ships and seafaring and their associated socio-economic contexts, including the archaeological remains of an early 6th-century BC East Greek vessel that he excavated at Pabuç Burnu, Turkey. His current research is focused on the cargo of the late 7th-century BC shipwreck he excavated at Bajo de la Campana, Spain, and what it evidences about Phoenician maritime trade and the Orientalising process on the Iberian Peninsula in the early Iron Age. More locally, Mr Polzer recently studied the remains of a 19th-century American brig south of Adelaide, and is assisting in the study of the Barangaroo boat, the earliest European boat remains yet to be found in NSW. Other research interests include the development and transference of maritime technologies, early European seafaring in the Indian Ocean and the maritime archaeology of Southeast Asia.

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (candidate) – Archaeology / Classics and Ancient History, University of Western Australia. Thesis: A Moveable Feast: The Bajo de la Campana Phoenician Shipwreck and Implications for Commercial and Cultural Engagement in Iron Age Spain.
Master of Arts – Anthropology (Nautical Archaeology), Texas A&M University. Thesis: Hull Remains from the Pabuc Burnu Shipwreck: Early Transition in Archaic Greek Shipbuilding.
Bachelor of Science – Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University. Specialisations: chemical engineering; refinery process engineering; petroleum engineering.

Professional Development and Extra-Curricular Courses

  • AMFA Certificate II in Maritime Operations / Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal (2019)
  • AMFA Shipboard Safety Skill Set (2019)
  • Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Construction Induction (2018)
  • Sydney Metro City and Southwest Project Induction (2018)
  • EOT CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (2018)
  • DAN 10523NAT Course in Oxygen First Aid for Dive Accidents (2018)
  • DAN HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (2018)
  • AMFA Marine Radio Operator’s VHF and HF Skill Set – LROCP (2017)
  • Bruker AXS Handheld XRF Workshop – Part 3 (2011)
  • Bruker AXS Handheld XRF Workshop – Part 2 (2010)
  • Bruker AXS Handheld XRF Workshop – Part 1 (2009)
  • AAUS Scientific Diving; NAUI Master Diver; NSS–CDS Cavern Diver (2005)
  • PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver; PADI Advance Open Water Diver (2000)
  • NAUI Scuba Diver (1979)
Honours, awards and grants
  • AINSE Research Award (ALNGRA16014), Australasian Institute of Nucleaqr Science and Engineering, 2016 (with W. van Duivenvoorde)
  • AINSE Research Award (ALNGRA14519), Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering, 2014 (with W. van Duivenvoorde)
  • Rodney R.T. Prider Travel Scholarship, University of Western Australia, 2011
  • NGS Expeditions Council Grant (EC0490-11, EC0451-10, EC0422-09, EC0400-08), 2008-2011
  • Graduate Research Travel Award, Graduate Research School, University of Western Australia, 2011
  • Prescott Postgraduate Scholarship, Departments of Archaeology and Classics & Ancient History (joint), University of Western Australia, 2010-2013
  • Postgraduate Top-Up Scholarship, Departments of Archaeology and Classics & Ancient History (joint), University of Western Australia, 2010-2013
  • Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Research Award, 2008-2010
  • Dissertation Research Grant, Program for Cultural Cooperation Between the Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, 2009
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2008
  • Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation Project Award, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2008;
  • Graduate Research Travel Award, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2008
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ray H. Siegfried II Research Fellowship, Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University; 2007-2008
  • Spain-USA Foundation Graduate Research Award, Ministry of Culture of Spain, 2007
  • Graduate Research Award, Institute of Nautical Archaeology, 2007
  • Zale Parry Scholarship, Academy of Underwater Arts and Science, 2006
  • National Scholars Honor Society, 2006
  • Research Development Award, Institute of Nautical Archaeology, 2006
  • Graduate Research Award, RPM Nautical Foundation, 2005
  • Graduate Research Travel Award, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2004
  • Graduate Enhancement Award, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University, 2004
  • Mary A. Tooze Graduate Scholarship, Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2003-2004
  • Graduate Research & Conservation Grant, Institute of Nautical Archaeology, 2003
  • Ray Siegfried Graduate Scholarship, Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2002-2003
  • Graduate Research Assistantship, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2001
Topic coordinator
ARCH8159 Maritime Archaeology Field Practicum
ARCH8802 Conservation Field School
ARCH9101 Maritime Archaeology Thesis
ARCH8150 Maritime Archaeology in Australia
ARCH8157 Methods in Underwater Archaeology
ARCH8155 Seafaring in the Ancient World
ARCH2204 Australian Maritime Archaeology
ARCH2216 Seafaring in the Ancient World
ARCH8152 Maritime Archaeological Field School
ARCH3309 Maritime Archaeological Field School
Topic lecturer
ARCH8158 Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstructing
ARCH1002 From the Palaeolithic to Pompeii: An Exploration of World Archaeology
ARCH8156 Maritime Archaeology Advanced Field Practicum
ARCH8159 Maritime Archaeology Field Practicum
Supervisory interests
Australian maritime archaeology
East Asian maritime archaeology
Experimental archaeology
Maritime archaeology
Maritime cultural heritage
Material studies in maritime archaeology
Museum studies in maritime archaeology
Nautical archaeology
Traditional boatbuilding
Underwater cultural heritage
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Associate supervisor: Maritime Archaeology (3)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Maritime Archaeology (1)
Associate supervisor: Maritime Archaeology (1)
Expert for media contact
Archaeology
Research
Ancient Mediterranean seafaring
Ancient shipwrecks
Bajo de la Campana shipwreck (Spain, 7th century B.C.)
Kyrenia shipwreck (Cyprus, 3rd century B.C.)
Maritime archaeology
Pabuç Burnu shipwreck (Turkey, 6th century B.C.)
Phoenician ships and seafaring
Underwater cultural heritage
Underwater excavation
Wooden shipbuilding
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Media expertise
  • Archaeology
  • Research
Interests
  • Ancient Mediterranean seafaring
  • Ancient shipwrecks
  • Bajo de la Campana shipwreck (Spain, 7th century B.C.)
  • Kyrenia shipwreck (Cyprus, 3rd century B.C.)
  • Maritime archaeology
  • Pabuç Burnu shipwreck (Turkey, 6th century B.C.)
  • Phoenician ships and seafaring
  • Underwater cultural heritage
  • Underwater excavation
  • Wooden shipbuilding

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