Underwater Archaeology Featured on This American Life

The January 22, 2010 episode of the public radio program “This American Life” is about “Stories of filling in the blank.”  The program’s second act is the story of two underwater archaeologsts:

Act Two. He Shapes Ship Shapes by the Sea Shore.

Fred van Doorninck and George Bass were unlikely candidates for pioneering underwater Byzantine archaeology—Fred hates water, and George found the Byzantine era boring. But that’s exactly what they did, when they devoted 50 years to uncovering the mysteries of a shipwreck. Along the way they changed how we think about a thousand years of history. Planet Money’s Adam Davidson tells the story. (12 minutes)

Listen to the whole program, at http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1336