”We are writing in express our condolences for the great loss of your institution, Professor Emeritus George Bass. On behalf of all colleagues from China National Centre for Archaeology, we send our sincere sympathy to your institution and Professor Bass’s family.
Professor Bass is one of the most important early practitioners and founders of underwater archaeology. He had always been a devoted and inspirational leading scholar. In late 1980s, he had been passing on the subject system for the establishment of China’s underwater archaeology, which was of great support during its startup period. He gave valued suggestions for disciplinary progress and opportunities to Texas A&M University for Chinese scholars as visiting fellows. He gave enormously to Chinese underwater archaeologists.
For over thirty years, he had been concerned about the development of China’s underwater archaeology. He kept communications with China. He appreciated China’s outstanding achievements. In 2004, he was invited to give lectures for the 3rd national underwater archaeology training in Guangdong Province. Archaeology Under Water, one of his most influential monographs, is an important textbook for the underwater archaeology trainings in China. He authorized the China National Center of Underwater Cultural Heritage to publish a Chinese version. The now China National Centre for Archaeology, as its reorganized institution, will fulfill his wish. Professor Bass will be remembered for his intellectual strength.
We shall all miss his devotion to the nautical archaeology. His greatest accomplishment was the way he carried forward and enriched the legacy for the future.
Once again, please accept our deepest condolences for Professor George Bass.
Thanking You,China National Centre for ArchaeologyZhuanjiaolou Nanli Jia 21, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China