The President of the Italian Naval League awarding the Dioscuri prize to E. Linder
To our esteemed colleague and long-time friend, Alexander Flinder, on being made an MBE. Alexander Flinder has been a leading figure in British maritime archaeology circles for more than thirty years. He has led expeditions to the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, reflecting his own archaeological interest in submerged structures and ancient harbors. His multi-faceted affiliation with the Undersea Exploration Society of Israel (UESI) led to the writing of his book, Secrets of the Bible Seas, in 1985. Over the years, his research activities in conjunction with the Center for Maritime studies have included expeditions to Acre, Coral Island, Caesarea and Ma'agan Mikhael.
To Elisha Linder, who received two prestigious awards this year. The Franco Papo' prize, is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to underwater archaeology in Italy and worldwide. This prize was presented to Dr. Linder at the 10th annual conference of underwater archaeology, held in Giardini Naxos, Sicily. The Dioscuri prize is awarded each year by the Italian Naval League, an affiliate of the Italian Navy. This institution works, under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic, to advance marine related subjects and to increase awareness of the sea through maritime research. Having strived throughout his career to personally fulfill these aims, Dr. Linder was awarded this prize in Agrigento, Sicily, in September.
Also, to Pinhas Peled, the Center's chief conservator, who was among the few recipients of the University of Haifa prize, awarded annually for outstanding service and excellence in the workplace.
Mr. Maurice Hatter awarding one of the Hatter research prizes to Z. Friedman of the dept. of Maritime Civilizations. (Photo: A. Baltinester)