Who is Bruno Werz?

Bruno Werz (Hist. Drs., D.Litt., FSA) is a Dutch maritime archaeologist and historian who lives and works in South Africa.

The projects that he has undertaken to date include: the underwater excavations of the wrecks of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) ships ‘Oosterland’ and ‘Waddinxveen’ in Table Bay; the excavation of the oldest shipwreck discovered in sub-Saharan Africa (Bom Jesus 1533); and the discovery of the oldest underwater finds in the world: Acheulean stone hand axes dating to between 1.6 million and 300,000 years. These projects have received worldwide attention and were reported upon in: magazines such as ‘National Geographic’ and ‘Der Spiegel’; newspapers including ‘The Times’, ‘The Independent’ and ‘The New York Times’; radio (BBC News) and television (NPO, South African Broadcasting Corporation and CNN).

Werz has written three scientific books that were published in Oxford, the Netherlands and by University of South Africa Press (Unisa Press). Besides that, he published more than 80 chapters in books and articles in reputable international scientific journals. In recognition of his work, he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).  

(LinkedIn profile: http://za.linkedin.com/in/bruno-e-j-s-werz-236a9312 )

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