Mensun Bound is the former ‘Triton Fellow’ in maritime archaeology at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford. He was educated at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Rutgers University in the USA on scholarship from the Leopold Schepp Foundation, New York. In 1985, he established the Marine Archaeological Research and Excavation (MARE) unit at Oxford.
Mensun has led a number of notable maritime archaeological expeditions, including the excavation of an Etruscan wreck close to Giglio Island, Italy. He also led the team which located the German World War 2 pocket battleship “Admiral Graf Spee” scuttled off Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1939. One of the guns from the ship was recovered and is on public display. He also excavated a Portuguese porcelain trader that went down off East Africa during the sixteenth century and a Tudor munitions carrier wrecked off Alderney Island, UK.