Mr Mark Polzer is a research fellow (level B) and associate lecturer in maritime archaeology 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.
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
Maritime archaeology; Pre-classical archaeology; the Archaic/Iron Age Mediterranean; ancient ship construction; ancient Mediterranean seafaring cultures; colonisation and culture contact; the development and transference of maritime technologies; early European seafaring in the Indian Ocean; Australian maritime archaeology; maritime archaeology of Southeast Asia; archaeometry; ship iconography.
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