Robyn is a maritime archaeologist, historian, and a Director of the Society for Historical Archaeology and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. She has worked as an underwater archaeologist at the pirate city of Port Royal, Jamaica, and on other archaeological projects in Jamaica and Turkey. She has also directed several excavations throughout the Mediterranean. Robyn will be aboard for the May 7, 13 and Sept. 18, 24 departures.Thomas J. Heffernan
Thomas J. Heffernan is an expert on religious anthropology, ancient literature, and historical linguistics, and holds the Kenneth Curry Chair in the Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee. After completing his Ph.D. at Cambridge University, he was awarded a fellowship by the Medieval Academy of America for the study of Latin palaeography at Harvard University. He is the author of several books, including Sacred Biography: Saints and Their Biographies in the Middle Ages
and The Liturgy of the Medieval Church
, as well as over 60 scholarly essays and reviews. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has appeared on National Public Radio and a number of television broadcasts, and has lectured for the National Geographic Society and on adventure cruises. Tom will be aboard for the June 4 & June 10 departures.