Mensun Bound

IntroBritish archaeologist
A.K.A.Michael Bound
Is Anthropologist 
From United Kingdom 
Type Social science 
Birth 4 February 1953 
, Stanley, Falkland Islands, British Overseas Territory
Age67 years

Mensun Bound (born 4 February 1953) is a British marine archaeologist, based in Oxford. He is Triton Senior Research Fellow in Marine Archaeology at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford.

He was born Michael Bound in 1953 in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands and educated at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Rutgers University.

In 1980, he established the Marine Archaeological Research (MARE) unit in Oxford.

He has led a number of notable marine archaeology expeditions (of which some involved the sale of artifacts):

  • wreck of an Etruscan vessel, Giglio Island, Italy
  • Admiral Graf Spee off Montevideo
  • Fort San Sebastian wreck, off Mozambique
  • Alderney Tudor warship.

His publications include The Archaeology of Ships at War (1995), Lost Ships (1998) and A Ship Cast Away About Alderney (2001).

He is often known as ‘The Indiana Jones of the deep’.

In 1992, he was awarded the Colin Mcleod Award for “Furthering international co-operation in diving” by the British Sub Aqua Club.

Elizabethan Maritime Trust

Since 1992 Mensun Bound has been at the forefront of an archaeological research into an Elizabethan ship that sank of the north west coast of Alderney in 1592. In the course of this, Mensun Bound found three cannons. Cannons made in Tudor times were of different sizes of bore, so finding the right cannonball for the right cannon was time-consuming during battle. In Elizabethan times, the threat from the Spanish made English naval power vital, and importance was given to new cannons having a uniform bore; a ship with ten cannons abreast firing at the same time provided increased power and gunnery for the newly developed English navy.