Michael Lazare Katzev

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NAME:   Michael Lazare Katzev

RESIDENCE:   The Old Parsonage,   Main Street,  Arlington,   Vermont; telephone:    (802) 375-6168

POSTAL ADDRESS:   Box 125  Arlington,   VT   05250-0125 ,

BIRTH:   July 25,   1939;    Los Angeles,   California CITIZENSHIP:   United States of America WIFE:   Susan Womer Katzev

EDUCATION:

Los Angeles High School,   Los Angeles,   California.   1957: Stanford University,   Stanford,   California,   A. B. ,   1961  (Economics,   Phi Beta Kappa) University of California,   Berkeley,   California,   M. A. ,   1963  (History of Art)

American Nomismatic Society's Summer Seminar,   1963 The American School of Classical Studies at Athens,   1963-1964 (John Wesley Brittain Traveling Fellow in Classics) Columbia University,   New York,   New York,   1964-1965

(University Fellow;   graduate student in Art History and Archaeology) University of Pennsylvania,   Philadelphia,   Pennsylvania,   1965-- (Special Harrison Fellow,   1966-1967;    Ph.D.   candidate in Classical Archaeology)  

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EXPERIENCE:  

Teaching Assistant,   University of California,   autumn semester,   1962-1963 (Ancient Mediterranean Art) Nemea excavation of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens,  spring,   1964 Yassi Ada,   Turkey,   expedition of the University Museum,   University of Pennsylvania,   summer,   1964 (underwater excavation of a Byzantine ship) Student Assistant,   Allied Science Center for Archaeology,  University Museum, autumn,   1965 (National Science Foundation grant) . Turkish underwater expedition of the University Museum,   summer,   1966 Research Associate,   Underwater Archaeology Section,   University Museum, 1967-1970 Yassi Ada,   Turkey,   expedition of the University Museum,   summers,   1967 &c 1974 (underwater excavation of a Roman ship) Director,   Kyrenia Ship Project,   1967-1975  (excavation and reconstruction of a fourth century B. C.   Greek merchant ship sunk off the north coast of Cyprus) Assistant Professor of Art History and Archaeology,   Oberlin College,   1968-1973 Grant-In-Aid recipient for research,   summer,   1969

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H. H.   Powers Travel Grant recipient for research,   1970  Grant-In-Aid recipient for research,   summer,   1970 Grant-In-Aid recipient for research,   summer,   1971 Ford Humanities Award,   summer,   1972 American Council of Learned Societies,   Grant-In-Aid,   1972-1973 Vice-President,   Oberlin-Ashland Society of the Archaeological Institute of America,   1969-1970 President,   Oberlin-Ashland Society of the Archaeological Institute of  America,   1970-1971 Corinth excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, summers,   1971,   1977,   1978,   1979,   1981 Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors,  American Institute of Nautical Archaeology,   1973--. Acting Treasurer,   1974 Director,   La Secca di Capistello Project,   1976  (survey of a third century B. C.  Greco-Italic merchant ship sunk off Lipari) Adjunct Professor,   Texas A & M University,   1976--Associate Member,   American School of Classical Studies at Athens,   1976-1978 Senior Associate Member,   American School of Classical Studies,   1978-1982 American School of Classical Studies at Athens Alumnae/i Association  Representative to the Managing Committee,   1985-1988, Visiting Senior Associate Member,  American School of Classical Studies,   1985 American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Committee on Committees,   1986-1988 Archaeological Institute of America, Committee on Underwater Archaeology,   1986-1987,   1988-1990 Governing Board,   General Trustee,   1988-1990 

MEMBERSHIPS:  

Archaeological Institute of America Association for Field Archaeology College Art Association The Explorers Club National Geographic Society The Smithsonian Institution

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OBITUARY

Michael I. Katzev      

Michael Lazare Katzev, classical archaeologist and excavator of "The Kyrenia Ship", died at home Saturday, September 8th of a sudden stroke. He is remembered as a passionate scholar whose greatest joy was in sharing information with colleagues and the wonders of art and archaeology with friends. Born in Los Angeles July 25,1939 and attending L.A. High, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in economics at Stanford University in 1961, then crossed the bay to Berkeley for a master's in art history in 1963. Following a year each at The American School of Classical Studies in Athens and at Columbia University, he entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He learned the skills of excavation at Nemea, Greece from Charles K. Williams II and applied them under water for the first time on Roman and Byzantine shipwrecks at Yassi Ada, Turkey under George F. Bass. Both teachers were to become lifelong friends. His desire to study original Greek bronze statues led him to the only place they were being discovered... the sea. In Cyprus, off the northern coast town of Kyrenia, he was shown by Andreas Cariolou the mound of Greek amphoras that was to become his life's work. During Michael's four years of teaching at Oberlin College he led a team of over 50 excavators in raising and preserving the oldest seagoing vessel then to emerge from the sea. "The Kyrenia Ship" which had traded in cargoes of amphoras, millstones, almonds and iron ingots, yielded insights into the rugged lives of her captain and three crew. While sailing south from their home port of Rhodes about the year 300B.C.., they appear to have been attacked by pirates within sight of ancient Kyrenia. Their ship, perhaps scuttled to hide the crime, was so well preserved that its timbers could be raised, preserved over a 5 year period, and reassembled in the crusader castle of Kyrenia where it is on view today with cargo and the crews' possessions. Those who worked with Michael and his wife Susan share a camaraderie which they still describe as "the best part of our lives". The ship from the time of Alexander came to life in a replica built "shell first" in the painstaking manner of mortise and tennon joinery at the Psaros yard of Perama, Greece. July 4th of 1986 she sailed past the Statue of Liberty, representing Greece in the Liberty Parade of Tall Ships with Michael on board. In a 1987 voyage from Cyprus to Athens under the command of Andreas' son Glafkos Cariolou, Kyrenia ll's strong, tight hull surprised scholars who assumed that ancient mariners had hugged the coasts at a lumbering speed. With her single square sail, she sailed remarkably dose into the wind, ploughing through a 6 hour gale at nearly 12 knots in the open sea. A lover of horse racing, Michael wrote of that voyage, "With a fair wind over her stern, Kyrenia II sails like a filly thoroughbred breaking track records, speeding well beyond our highest expectations."  This simple merchant ship showed that the exacting skill the ancient Greeks expected in all their crafts applied equally to shipbuilding. The wooden architecture of Kyrenia II stands in its excellence as the equal of Greece's finest buildings in stone. In the film "With Captain, Sailors Three" Michael sought to demonstrate that the often tedious work of recording an excavation is the key to its success. Articles in journals and magazines including National Geographic, lectures and appearances with BBC television such as "The Ancient Mariners" sent the story of the "Kyrenia Ship" around the world. When Cyprus was shaken by war in 1974, two years after he had moved there, he will be remembered on both sides first for his compassion for the Cypriot people and then for his fierce determination to protect the reassembled ship. Later, in his six years using the libraries of Athens to complete research on the ship, he was delighted to excavate again at ancient Corinth with Charles Williams. So frequent were these "mini digs" that his land experience overtook the years spent under water. With Susan, Michael left the Mediterranean in 1982, settling first in Arlington, Vermont for 13 years, then on the island of Southport, Maine. The house they built there in 1998 high on the coast became his greatest joy. It is here that he died, in sight of the rising sun. Michael is survived by his wife Susan, his brother Richard Katzev and his wife Aphra Reinelt Katzev of Portland, Oregon. His loving family comprises niece Alexandra Katzev Engs of Lafayette, California, nephew David Herbert Katzev of San Francisco, and five second cousins. Michael was a founding member of and cared deeply about The Institute of Nautical Archaeology, based at Texas A&M University. Under its umbrella, young scholars train to publish and excavate in the Americas and world wide. The family would be grateful if memorial gifts were directed there c/o Jerome Hall, President, INA, P.O. Drawer HG, College Station, TX 77841-5137.

by  Susan W. Katzev 

PO Box 265 Southport, ME 04576

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PUBLICATIONS:

1966    "Replicas of Iron Tools from a Byzantine Shipwreck, " Studies in Conservation,   11  (August,   1966),   133-142 [with Frederick H.   van Doorninck,   Jr.] 1967   "Survey of a Greek Shipwreck off Kyrenia,   Cyprus, " Archaeometry,   10 (1967),   47-56 [with J. N.   Green and E. T.   Hall] 1968   "The Search Below, " Expedition,   10 (Spring,   1968),   11-14       . ;         ; [with Susan Womer Katzev] "New Tools for Underwater Archaeology, " Archaeology,   21  (June,   1968),   164-173 [with George F.   Bass]  "Survey of the Cyprus coast for submerged wrecks, " Underwater Association Report 1968,   13-15 , "Cyprus:   Greek Shipwreck off Kyrenia, " Athens Annals of Archaeology,   1.3 (1968),   265-266 , 1969   "The Kyrenia Shipwreck, "  Expedition,   11  (Winter,   1969),   55-59  "Excavation of a Greek Shipwreck off Kyrenia,   1968, " American Journal of Archaeology,   73 (April,   1969),   238-239  "Underwater Excavations off Kyrenia, " Annual Report Department of Antiquities 1968,   (Nicosia,   1969),   14 1970    "Excavation of a Greek Ship off Kyrenia,   1969, "  American Journal of Archaeology,   74 (April,   1970),   198,  "Underwater Excavations off Kyrenia, " Annual Report Department of Antiquities 1969,   (Nicosia,   1970),   14-15 "Resurrecting the Oldest Known Greek Ship, " National Geographic Magazine,   137 (June,   1970),   840-857, "Kyrenia 1969:   A Greek Ship is Raised, " Expedition,   12 (Summer,   1970),   6-14 , 1971    "The Kyrenia Ship Excavation, " I Annual Report Department of Antiquities 1970,   (Nicosia,   1971),   23 , "An Attic Amphora of the Late 6th Century B.C.,"j Alien Memorial Art Museum Bulletin,   19 (Fall,   1971),   61-68. 1972    "News and Notes:    Cyprus,   Kyrenia," International Journal of Nautical Archaeology,   1  (March,   1972),   190-191Katzev,  page 4 "Underwater Adventure, "  Friends at Hand,  ed.  Margaret S.   Judd, (Macmillan Company,   New York,   1972),   173-184 [Macmillan Reading Program:   Primary Grades] , "The Kyrenia Ship, " A History of Seafaring,  ed.  George F.   Bass (Thames and Hudson,   London,   1972),   50-53,  62-64 , 1973   Review of Peter Throckmorton,  Shipwrecks and Archaeology, (Little,   Brown and Co.,   Boston,   1970), Archaeology,   26 (January,   1973),   72, "The Kyrenia shipwreck:   a fourth-century B.C.  Greek merchant ship," Marine Archaeology,   Colston Papers,   23 (1973),   339-359 [with Helena Wylde Swiny] , "Resurrecting a Greek Ship 2, 300 Years Old, "   Men,  Ships,   and the Sea,, Alan Villiers et al. ,   (National Geographic Society,   Washington,   1973),   34-41, "Notes and News:   Cyprus,   Kyrenia, " ,International Journal of Nautical Archaeology,   2 (March,   1973),   195, 1974   "Preservation and Reconstruction of the Kyrenia Ship, ", American Journal of Archaeology,   78 (April,   1974),   169-170 , "Cyprus ship discovery, ", Illustrated London News.   262 (June,   1974),  69-72 "Cyprus Underwater Archeological Search,   1967, "  National Geographic Society Research Reports,   1967 Projects,  (Washington,   1974),   177-184    "Notes and News:    Cyprus,   Kyrenia, "International Journal of Nautical Archaeology,   3 (September,   1974),   323-324 "Last Port for the Oldest Ship, " National Geographic Magazine,   146 (November,   1974),  618-625 [with Susan W.   Katzev] "The Kyrenia Ship Project, "  Oceans 2000,   Third World Congress of Underwater Activities,  ed.   Jill Sarsby,   (British Sub-Aqua Club, London,   1974),  41-44 , 1975   "Resurrecting an Ancient Ship, " Explorers Journal,   53 (March,   1975),   2-7 ,"Notes and News:   Cyprus,   Kyrenia, " International Journal of Nautical Archaeology,   4 (September,   1975),   372-373  1976    "Cyprus Underwater Archeological Search,   1968, "   National Geographic Society Research Reports,   1968 Projects,   (Washington,   1976),   177-188  ,1977   "To Πλοίο της Κυρήνειας»"   [pamphlet]  (Naval Museum of Greece,  Athens,   1 July 1977) "To Πλοίο της Κυρήνειας," Πλοιαρχική ηχώ»  (November,   1977),   14-17Katzev,  page 5 , 1978   "Cyprus Underwater Archeological Search,   1969, "  National Geographic Society Research Reports,   1969 Projects,   (Washington,   1978),   289-305, 1979   "Conservation of the Kyrenia Ship,   1970-1971, "  National Geographic , Society Research Reports,   1970 Projects,   (Washington,   1979),   331-340, 1980    "Conservation of the Kyrenia Ship,   1971-1972,"   National Geographic , Society Research Reports,   1971 Projects,   (Washington,   1980),   417-426, "A Replica of the Kyrenia Ship, "   ΙΝΑ Newsletter,   7. 1  (Spring,   1980), 1-2,   4-6 ,Contribution on the Kyrenia Ship to Archaeology under Water;   An Atlas of the World's Submerged Sites,   ed. Keith Muckelroy (McGraw-Hill, New York,   1980),  40-45 , 1981    "The Reconstruction of the Kyrenia Ship,   1972-1975, "   National Geographic Society Research Reports,   1972 Projects,   (Washington, 1981),   315-328 "A Sailing Model of the Kyrenia Ship, "   ΙΝΑ Newsletter,   8. 2 (Summer, 1981),   4-7 1982   "Iron Objects, " Yassi Ada, Volume I: A Seventh-Century Byzantine Shipwreck, by George F. Bass and Frederick H. van Doorninck, Jr. (Texas A & Μ University Press, College Station, 1982), 231-265, 325 "Ancient Ship Sails Again, "  [pamphlet in English and Greek](Hellenic Institute for the Preservation of Nautical Tradition,  Athens,   1982) [with Harry Tzalas] "TO πλοίο της Κυρήνειας," Επιθεώρηση Ναυτικές Τεχνολογίας» (October - December,   1982),   21-24 1984   Review of Karin Westerberg,   Cypriote Ships from the Bronze Age to c.   500 B. C. ,   (Paul AstrBms FBrlag,  Gothenburg,  Sweden,   1983), Archaeology,   37 (May/June,   1984),   68 "Ancient Ship to Sail Again, "  American School of Classical Studies at Athens Newsletter,   (Summer,   1984),   14-15 1986   "Kyrenia II, "   ΙΝΑ Newsletter,   13. 3 (November,   1986),   1-11 [with Susan Womer Katzev] 1987   "Kyrenia II:   An Ancient Ship Sails Again, "   [pamphlet in English] (Hellenic Institute for the Preservation of Nautical Tradition,   Piraeus,   1987) [with Susan Womer Katzev and Harry E.   Tzalas] "The Kyrenia ship restored, "  History from the Sea, .   Peter Throckmorton (Mitchell Beazley,   London,   1987),   55-59

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WE  THANK  SUSAN WOMER  KATZEV  FOR HER LOVE  AND AFFECTION  TOWARDS  OUR  ANTIQUITIES,  OUR  TOWN AND HER PEOPLE AND WE LOOK  FORWARD TO HAVE HER WITH US ON BOARD "KERYNIA-LIBERTY".

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FROM: Institute of Nautical Archaeology, P.O.Drawer HG, College Station, TX 77841-5137

“The  INA Quarterly”

Volume 29 . No.3/4

Fall/Winter 2002

“Remembering . MICHAEL L.KATZEV, 1939-2001”

Page.15

“For us, the four thousand inhabitants of the small township of Kyrenia, Cyprus, in 1968, Michael Lazare Katzev (Michalis) was the polite, humble and charismatic personality who led a scientific expedition, the results of which made our beloved hometown famous worldwide in the scientific circles of history and archaeology. However, as the years passed-by,  Michael and his beloved kind wife Susan, managed to take a very prominent and affectionate position in the conscience of the blacksmith, the fishermen, the carpenters, the custodian, the Municipality, and most of the Kyrenians. Michael was no longer a "foreigner." Kyrenians selfishly cherished him as a family member and a prominent Kyrenian citizen, an integral part of the great history of the town. With his friendly and warm approach and his humble and most kind personality and attitude towards people, irrespective of social status, he created a great number of friends and "relatives."

The premature loss of our great lover of Kyrenia found us all far away from home. Our sorrow was followed by sweet memories of Michael. Memories of our joyful life in Kyrenia gave us hope and perseverance to overcome and to come closer to his most kind wife Susan with whom we all wish, one day soon, to return to Kyrenia to pay our respects and honors to the Katzevs over the ancient ship in the castle.

Expressing the feelings of most Kyrenians, I will say that no known human ever managed to so affectionately enslave the warm heart of the town of Kyrenia like Michael Katzev. We know that his spirit will always follow the destiny of our hometown and we shall always cherish and honor his memory. We pray to God for his soul and above all to always protect and give health and happiness to his most kind wife Susan, who has now so patiently undertaken to continue his immensely valuable mission.

God bless his soul.

Glafkos Cariolou On behalf of the Family of Andreas M. Cariolou 

Beloved Kyrenians ...Susan and Michael Katzev in front of the Harbour entrance with the starboard side Harbour entrance Light on their right. (By kind permission, Susan W.Katzev)

Michael Katzev  in front of "KOULAS" in the harbour of Kyrenia, testing a miniature replica of the ancient ship of Kyrenia

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