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Mike Brennan '04 Blogs Live From Deep Sea Research in Turkey

Story posted July 19, 2010

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Underwater archaeologist Mike Brennan '04

Undersea explorer Mike Brennan '04 is deep in it again this summer.

He is one of a team of scientists aboard the Nautilus, a 211-foot deep-sea exploration vessel equipped with remotely operated vehicles (ROV), which is mapping the sea floor off the coast of Turkey.

The project is headed by Dr. Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic. Brennan's will be chief scientist for part of the research off the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

He is contributing to a daily blog for the expedition's Web site Nautilus Live, where viewers can also enjoy a virtual expedition with a live-streaming 24-hour broadcast from the bridge of the Argus,, with visual and sonar surveys of shipwrecks, volcanoes and sea life.

Brennan's association with Ballard goes back to his early high school days when he worked with the renowned underwater explorer on a project to bring research into high school classrooms.

Brennan then went on to major in anthropology and geology at Bowdoin, with a minor in classical archaeology. He earned a Masters in archaeology at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, where he currently is a Ph.D. candidate in geological oceanography.

This week, the expedition is focusing on an ancient shipwreck in the Uluburn and Antalya Basin that sank 3,300 years ago. It is the oldest shipwreck ever excavated.

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