A research associate and archivist with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), Rebecca Ingram has studied ancient Mediterranean seafaring and trade since 2000. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. through the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University.
Rebecca spent several years conducting archaeological research in the eastern Mediterranean, primarily Turkey. She has studied and documented a wide range of artifacts, including the 400-year-old Ottoman sultan’s galley, Kadırga, on display in the Istanbul Naval Museum, and glass beads from the Late Bronze Age Uluburun shipwreck, housed in the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Between 2005 and 2008, she worked year-round with the INA team at the Theodosian Harbor excavations at Yenikapı in Istanbul, Turkey, a fascinating site yielding 37 Byzantine shipwrecks.
Growing up in an Air Force family, Rebecca developed a passion for travel and cultural exchange at a young age. She spent her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Hannover, Germany, and is conversant in German and Turkish. Rebecca’s eclectic experience in recent years includes creating exhibits for a natural history museum, managing museum and archival collections, and editing for an academic journal.
As a historian for Lindblad in the Mediterranean, Rebecca looks forward to sharing her unique perspective on the history, archaeology, and culture of this fascinating region.