Professor hunts Roman pirates

Be very quiet! Florida State professor of anthropology Cheryl Ward is hunting pirates! Roman pirates!

Two thousand years ago, Roman emperors were plagued by pirates who terrorized the Mediterranean. Now Professor Cheryl Ward is on the verge of finding evidence of them off the coast of Turkey. The research team hopes to find an actual 1st century hemioliae, the rowed ship used by pirates. So far none has ever been located, something Ward hopes to change.

"These were a bunch of unemployed guys," Ward said. "They turned to piracy. It was easy money."