David Gibbins is a
bestselling novelist and archaeologist, and a world authority on
ancient shipwrecks and sunken cities. He was born in Saskatoon,
Canada in 1962, to English parents, and grew up in Canada, New
Zealand and England. An early fascination with archaeology led him
to study at the University of Bristol, where he graduated with
First Class Honours in 1983. He then attended Cambridge University
as a Research Scholar of Corpus Christi College, where he was
awarded a PhD in archaeology in 1991. For much of the next decade
he held a permanent faculty position as a university lecturer in
the UK, where he taught archaeology, art history and ancient
history, before leaving teaching to devote himself full-time to
writing novels and carrying out fieldwork.
David has been passionate about underwater archaeology and diving
since childhood. He qualified as a diver at the earliest possible
age, and dived under ice while he was still at school. He first
dived on a shipwreck at the age of 15, in the Great Lakes of
Canada. Since then he has explored numerous shipwrecks and other
sunken sites around the world, ranging in date from earliest
prehistory to modern times. He has excavated ancient Greek and
Roman shipwrecks off Italy, Turkey, Tunisia and Britain, and led a
team to investigate the sunken harbour of ancient Carthage. Since
the 1980s he has directed a programme of research on ancient
shipwrecks off Sicily, making many exciting discoveries.
In addition to underwater exploration, David has directed
archaeological projects on dry land – including the
excavation of a monastic site in England, and the discovery of one
of the earliest sites of human habitation in Canada. He has
traveled extensively, and continues to do so to research his books.
As a travel scholar of the British Institute of Archaeology in
Ankara he was able to explore eastern Turkey before the Kurdish
uprising, and as a Winston Churchill Memorial Travel Fellow he
studied sites across the east Mediterranean. Most recently he has
traveled in the Republic of Georgia and in Central Asia under the
auspices of a NATO Committee, has carried out exploration in
Greenland and the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, and has dived
on shipwreck sites off Britain and the Great Lakes of Canada.
David comes from a family with a strong literary background. His
parents were both university professors, and his father was a poet.
His paternal grandfather, a merchant navy captain, wrote fiction in
the tradition of Joseph Conrad. He is descended from Walter Andrew
Gale, a pioneer of the British Esperanto movement, and is also
related to the Victorian historian Henry de Beltgens Gibbins.
When he is not away on expeditions David divides his time between
his family farm in Canada and England, where he has a