Archaeological survey and excavation provide critical information to fields as diverse as Classics, Art History and Biblical Studies. As a scholarly discipline, however, archaeology is more than a way of recovering physical evidence. It is a way of understanding the rich record of past human societies through the study of their material cultures.


USC now offers students an undergraduate degree in Archaeology drawing on the University's many resources and diverse faculty research locations and interests. This exciting new major is ideal for the student who has an abiding interest in how the past informs the present and is looking for a broad interdisciplinary approach to understanding the world and its material history.


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60-Second Seminars: Lynn Swartz Dodd

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Arc Smart

ARCSmart is a standards-based curriculum enrichment program that provides students hands-on access to ancient artifacts and exercises and reinforces their problem-solving skills and…

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Archaeology Research

Undergraduate students work with Professor Lynn Dodd on photographing ancient Indian artifacts for preservation.

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Digging Turkey

Undergraduates travel to the Hatay region of Turkey to survey the land for new sites as well as learn how to excavate at existing sites.

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Khirbet Mazra'a

USC Dornsife students, under the direction of Assistant Professor Lynn Swartz Dodd, researched an excavation in Israel called Khirbet Mazra'a.

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Student Research

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The Romance of Archeology

Archeology major Jenny Crawford ('10) talks about her experience traveling to Peru last summer to work on a few archeological digs.

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