Mark

Samuel E. Mark

Professor

Department of Liberal Studies (Anthropology/Archeology)
and Department of Anthropology

marks@tamug.edu

+1 (409) 741-4325

Dr. Mark is Professor of Maritime Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2000, and joined the faculty of Texas A&M University at Galveston in 2001. His research includes ancient seafaring and paleopathology. His books include From Egypt to Mesopotamia, in which he proposes possible trade routes, connecting Egypt to Mesopotamia before the pharaohs; and Homeric Seafaring, in which he interprets the seafaring culture described in the Iliad and the Odyssey based on ancient documents, archaeological discoveries, ancient iconography, and ethnographies. He has studied ancient Mediterranean ships built primarily for carrying bulk cargoes of marble. He also conducts active research in the field of paleopathology, with publications in the Journal of the History of Medicine and the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. His recent published journals were the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, International and the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology.

Education

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2000.
M.A., Texas A&M University, 1993.
B.S., Ball State University, 1980.

Areas Of Interest
  • Ancient Mediterranean Seafaring, Trade, and Vessel Construction
  • Biological Archaeology with a specialty in Paleopathology
Honors

1997, Mr. and Mrs. Ray H. Siegfried II Fellow.

2008, Vice President’s Meritorious Service Award, Outstanding Classroom Teaching, For Outstanding Service to Texas A&M University at Galveston.

2009, Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award, spring semester.

Publications

Books, [Single Author]

1997, From Egypt to Mesopotamia:  A Study of Predynastic Trade Routes. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press; [1998] London: Chatham Publishing [Both Hardcover].

2005, Homeric Seafaring.  College Station, Texas:  Texas A&M University Press [Hardcover].

2006, From Egypt to Mesopotamia:  A Study of Predynastic Trade Routes. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press [Paper].

PEER REVIEW ARTICLES, [International][Single Author]

1991, Odyssey 5.234-53 and Homeric Ship Construction: A Reappraisal.  American Journal of Archaeology 95: 441-445.

2002, Alexander the Great, Seafaring, and the Spread of Leprosy. Journal of the History of Medicine 57: 285–311.

2007, Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma: A Review of its Causes and its Diagnosis in Skeletal Material. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 17: 547–62.

2008, The Earliest Naval Ram. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 37: 253–72.

2009, The Construction of the Khufu I Vessel (c. 2566 BC): A Re-evaluation. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 38: 133–52.

2011, The Khufu I Vessel and the Paul Lipke Collection. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 40: 18–38.

2012, A Different Configuration for the Quarter Rudders on the Khufu I Vessel (c.2566 BC) and Egyptian Methods of Mounting Quarter-Rudders and Oars in the 4th (c.2613–2494 BC) and 5th (c.2494–2345 BC) Dynasties. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 40: 84–93.

2012, The Abydos BG 10 Boat and Implications for Standardization, Innovation, and Timber Conservation in Early Dynastic Boat-Building. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 98: 107–26.

2013, The Earliest Sailboats in Egypt and Their Influence on the Development of Trade, Seafaring in the Red Sea, and State Development, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 5.1: 28–37.

2013, A Review of Two Theories Proposing Domestic Goats, Sheep, and other Goods were Imported by  Sea to Egypt during the Neolithic Period, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 5.2: 1–8.

2013, Graphical Reconstruction and Comparison of Royal Boat Iconography from the Causeway of the Egyptian King Sahure (c.2487–2475 BC), International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 42: 270–285.

2014, Notes on Mediterranean and Red Sea Ships and Ship Construction from Sahure to Hatshepsut, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 6.2: 34–49.

ARTICLES, [International][Single Author]

1996, Odyssey (5.234-53) and Homeric Ship Construction: A Clarification.  International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 25: 46-48.

1998, The Earliest Mast Step.  INA Quarterly. 25.2: 24–25.

2004, Osteolytic Lesions in a Native American Skull from the Caplen Site, Texas. Paleopathology Newsletter. 126: 8–16.

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES, Published

1997, Iskandil Burnu Shipwreck.  British Museum Encyclopaedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology. London: British Museum Press.

1997,  Straits of Messina Wreck. British Museum Encyclopaedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology. London: British Museum Press.

2011,   Seafaring. Homer Encyclopedia. London: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 225 Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 316 Nautical Archaeology
  • ANTH 351 Classical Archaeology
  • ANTH 423 Bioarchaeology
  • CLAS 371 In Search of Homer and the Trojan War
  • MAST 350 History of Wooden Ship Construction
  • MAST 354 Ancient Egyptian Seafaring