Dr. Günsenin graduated from Istanbul University in Classical Archaeology, and obtained her MA and PhD degrees from University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in Byzantine History and Archaeology (under Hélene Ahrweiler and Jean-Pierre Sodini) and in Nautical Archaeology (under Eric Rieth). Her dissertation “Byzantine Amphoras (Xth-XIIIth centuries): Typology, Production and Circulation” based on Turkish Collections is recognized internationally, and the amphoras of these periods are named after her.
She has been conducting research of amphora kilns and shipwrecks of the Middle Ages in the Marmara region (Ancient Propontis) since 1991. Owing to her studies, we now have a detailed underwater archaeological map of the Sea of Marmara. The results of her research have been presented orally in various international congresses and have been published widely in professional and popular publications.
Dr. Günsenin has been lecturing on underwater archaeology at Istanbul University in the Underwater Technology Program since 1991 and taught Anatolian Civilizations at Boğaziçi University from 1994 to 1999. She is also an Associate Researcher of IFEA, Adjunct Professor of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), Advising Editor of the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology (IJNA), and invited professor at several foreign universities.
After having participated in many underwater excavations around Europe, she conducted the first Turkish underwater excavation on the ÇAMALTI BURNU I shipwreck. Her team members at Çamaltı are now conducting the Yenikapı excavations at the portus Theodosiacus in Istanbul, where she was the University consultant in 2006 and 2007.
Dr. Günsenin is currently working on the publication of her Çamaltı Burnu I shipwreck excavation (www.nautarch.org).
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