EXPERT LECTURERS

PROFESSOR DONALD FREY

PROFESSOR DONALD FREY

Peten Travels’ Expert Lecturer


For 35 years I have loved 'diving into history' and together with INA (Institute of Nautical Archaeology) have been involved with the excavation of almost every artifact on display. I am well known for the enthusiasm I show when I take visitors around the Museum because each year I share this with only a limited number of small private groups.

My background is actually in Physics. After receiving my Ph.D. in 1964 I taught in Istanbul for five years at Boagazici University (then Robert College). I had my summers free and in 1969 volunteered to work with Dr. George Bass, who was excavating a Roman shipwreck at Yassi Ada, near Bodrum. Dr. Bass is considered to be the father of underwater archeology because he was the first archaeologist to excavate underwater to the same standards that other archaeologists excavated on land.

George and I worked well together and in 1971 he helped me get a prestigious ACLS grant for research in applications of Physics to Archaeology at Oxford University. We continued to excavate during the summers and in 1974, when he formed the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), I decided to ‘take a few years off’ and work with him full time in this exciting new field. I never got back to Physics and from 1982-88 followed him as President of INA.

Every summer since 1969 I have been involved in an INA excavation and almost all of these have taken place in Turkey. Two of the most important shipwrecks that I helped excavate are superbly displayed in the Bodrum Museum.

DR. SABINE LADSTÄTTER

DR. SABINE LADSTÄTTER

Peten Travels’ Expert Lecturer


Sabine Ladstätter is Director of the Austrian Archaeological Institute. She received her Ph.D in 1997 from the University of Vienna. As a member and vice-director of the Institute for Studies of Ancient Cultures at the Austrian Academy of Science she has taken part in different excavations in Austria, Egypt and Turkey, especially Ephesus. She has organized the research project of the Terrace houses and worked on stratigraphy and pottery from several excavation places in Ephesus. In 2007 she got her postdoctoral lecture qualification, since October 2009 she is director of the Austrian Archaeological Institute and since May 2010 excavation director in Ephesus.

Private tours can be arranged with Dr Sabine Ladstätter and her team for a donation through Peten Travels. Please note all funds go directly to the Ephesus excavation site.

TÛBA EKMEKÇİ

TÛBA EKMEKÇİ

Peten Travels’ Expert Lecturer


Tûba Ekmekçi is the director of Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) Bodrum Research Center in Turkey. She has received her BA in 1992 at Ege University in Classical Archaeology and is earning her MA at Mugla University in Archaeology since 2009. She has been with INA since 1991 when she started as an intern and one year later, she started to work as conservator until 2008 when she accepted the position of director. She has taken a part of different projects in INA but mostly worked on Uluburun Shipwreck objects and for a short while Yenikapi Excavation in Istanbul under the leadership of Dr. Cemal Pulak. Since 1993 she has been giving the tours for the visitors and friends of INA at the St John Castle where the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology located and INA Head Quarter in Bodrum.

COLONEL PETER KNOX, OBE

COLONEL PETER KNOX, OBE

Peten Travels’ Expert Lecturer


1915 Gallıpolı Campaıgn

September 16th - September 22nd, 2017

The Great Crımean War 1853-1856

July 17th - July 24th, 2017


Colonel Peter Knox OBE was commissioned into the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1968 and travelled widely during his thirty-year career in the Army. A keen student of military history, he has researched and conducted battlefield tours in Europe, the Peninsular and the Crimea. He aims to bring the battlefields alive, using personal accounts of those who fought there. He is a trustee of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, Chairman of The Crimean War Research Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History.

Please click here to view the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign tour itinerary.
Please click here to view the The Great Crimean War 1853-1856 tour itinerary.

DR. HUGH ELTON (on the right)

DR. HUGH ELTON (on the rıght)

Peten Travels’ Expert Lecturer


Caves & Thrones of the Gods

April 25th - May 9th, 2017


Dr. Hugh Elton (BA 1986, D.Phil. Oxon 1990) has published monographs on Late Roman Warfare and Roman Imperial Frontiers, as well as editing essay collections on fifth century AD Gaul and Regionalism in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor. His current research focusses on the archaeology and history of Roman Anatolia, including directing field surveys in Cilicia and Paphlagonia. After teaching at several US universities, he was Director of the British Institute at Ankara 2001-2006, after which he has been working at Trent University in Canada in the Dept of Ancient History + Classics.

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DR YIANNIS CHRISTOFIDES

DR YIANNIS CHRISTOFIDES

Peten Travels’ Expert Lecturer


An Adventure of Orchıds & Wıld Flowers

May 16th - May 25th, 2017

Wıld Flowers of Lake Van

May 27th - June 5th, 2017

Blowıng ın the Wınds of Mount Ida & Mount Olympus

May 8th - May 16th, 2017


Dr Yiannis Christofides, based in Platres in Cyprus, has a wealth of knowledge about the wild flowers and history of the island. He is a naturalist, specializing in botany but with a broad spectrum of knowledge that includes butterflies, insects and reptiles. He is a fine photographer, specializing in orchids. He has published a book on the orchids of Cyprus and is currently working on a flora of the island. He has led many trips in Cyprus, Crete, Turkey and the Dolomites.

His Publications:

  • The Orchids of Cyprus
  • Several papers in the fields of chemistry, botany and entomology.
  • The Alpine Gardener: Vol. 80 no3 p.272 Alpines in Cyprus (which won the Christopher Grey-Wilson Award for the best Feature Article published in the society’s bulletin)
  • The Alpine Gardener: Vol. 81 no2 The autumn flowers of Lycia

Please click here to view the An Adventure of Orchids & Wild Flowers tour itinerary.
Please click here to view the Wild Flowers of Lake Van tour itinerary.
Please click here to view the Blowing in the Winds of Mt Ida & Mt Olympus tour itinerary.

DR. SARAH SPEIGHT

DR. SARAH SPEIGHT

Peten Travels’ Expert Lecturer


The Pearls of the Byzantıne Empıre

September 25th - October 2nd, 2017


Dr. Sarah Speight is an Associate Professor of Archaeology and Medieval History at the University of Nottingham. Sarah is passionate about the Byzantine period and has taught it both in the classroom and on study tours in Turkey, Greece, and Italy over many years. Sarah is also an experienced adult educator who was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2013. A feature of this tour will be the use of contemporary accounts to bring the historical sites to life and to tell the story of this remarkable empire.

Please click here to view the The Pearls of the Byzantine Empire tour itinerary.

DR. PAMELA MARSHALL, FSA

DR. PAMELA MARSHALL, FSA

Peten Travels’ Expert Lecturer


Classıcal Turkey

June 14th - June 28th, 2017

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

October 11th - October 31st, 2017


Dr. Pamela Marshall is an expert in the archaeology of ancient buildings and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Architecture is the cornerstone of civilisation and her passion is to explore the experience of people in the past through the study of their buildings. Observation and interpretation of design, decoration, methods of construction, and, above all, the use of the built environment all lead us to a better understanding of ancient societies by giving us special insights into private and public life; knowledge, taste and aspiration, from the mundane to the very heights of ambition. An educator of mature as well as younger students, Pamela has now retired from teaching at the University of Nottingham and concentrates on consultancy, research and writing. She regularly speaks at international conferences and has over 30 academic publications to her name. An experienced tour leader, over the course of the last 20 years she has led more than 50 study tours in Turkey, Europe and America.

Please click here to view the Classical Turkey tour itinerary.
Please click here to view the In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great tour itinerary.

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