Samuel Mark

Department of Liberal Studies

Phone: +1 (409) 741.4325

Classroom Lab Building (CLB), Office 217


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What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

Sheer luck.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

To find their own way.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

Since my working and personal life are one, studying bones and ancient seafaring and ships are my passions.

  • Ancient Mediterranean Seafaring, Trade, and Vessel Construction
  • Biological Archaeology with a specialty in Paleopathology
Ph.D. Anthropology, Geology & History, Texas A&M University, 2000
Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 1993
B.A. Archaeology, Geology & History, Ball State University, 1980
Courses Taught
ANTH 225: Biological Anthropology
ANTH 226: Biological Anthropology Lab
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

2017, The Ship Depiction in the Tomb of Nebamun: The Earliest Egyptian Ship without a Hogging Truss. Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 16: 68-86. 

2017, Early human migrations (c. 13,000 years ago) or Post-contact Europeans for the earliest spread of Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis to the Americas. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases 2017: 1-8.

2017, A review of the evidence for melanoma in nine Inca mummies. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 27.4: 573-579.  DOI: 10.1002/oa.2580

2014, Notes on Mediterranean and Red Sea Ships and Ship Construction from Sahure to HatshepsutJournal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 6.2: 34–49. DOI: 10.2458/azu_jaei_v06i2_mark

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. DOI: 10.1111/1095-9270.12015

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. DOI: 10.1177/030751331209800107

2008, The Earliest Naval Ram. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 37: 253–72. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-9270.2008.00182.x

2007, Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma: A Review of its Causes and its Diagnosis in Skeletal Material. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 17: 547–62. DOI: 10.1002/oa.897

2005, Homeric Seafaring. College Station, Texas:  Texas A&M University Press [Hardcover]. ISBN-10: 1585443913 ISBN-13: 978-1585443918

2002, Alexander the Great, Seafaring, and the Spread of Leprosy. Journal of the History of Medicine 57: 285–311. DOI: 10.1093/jhmas/57.3.285. PMID: 12211973.

Awards & Recognition

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

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

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