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Jul 3, 2024

David Gibbins, renowned marine archaeologist and bestselling author, joins us to discuss his latest book "A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks." With over a dozen novels and numerous non-fiction works to his credit, Gibbins brings a unique blend of academic expertise and storytelling prowess to this fascinating exploration of maritime history.

Book Spotlight: "A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks"

This groundbreaking work takes readers on a journey through time, using twelve significant shipwrecks as windows into different historical periods. From Bronze Age traders to World War II vessels, Gibbins weaves together archaeology, history, and adventure to reveal how these sunken treasures reshape our understanding of the past.

Discussed in this Episode:

  • The Dover Boat: How a Bronze Age vessel sheds light on early maritime trade and the interconnectedness of ancient cultures
  • The link between shipwrecks and literary classics: Connecting archaeological finds to texts like the Epic of Gilgamesh and Homer's Iliad
  • Roman-era shipwrecks: Insights into the vast trade networks and daily life during the height of the Roman Empire
  • Emperor Justinian's "prefab churches": The fascinating discovery of flat-packed marble churches shipped across the Mediterranean
  • The maritime Silk Road: Evidence of sea-based trade routes predating the more famous land routes
  • The Mary Rose: How underwater archaeology solved the mystery of King Henry VIII's flagship's sinking
  • HMS Terror: The ongoing investigation of Franklin's lost Arctic expedition and its connection to modern underwater exploration techniques



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