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Lynn Dodd

Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion
Director of the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Undergraduate Major

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Phone: (213) 740-0266
Office: ACB 335
Office Hours: Monday through Friday : 9:30-5:30pm

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Ph.D. Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My research centers on ancient innovation and social change. I am particularly interested in the ways that technology, communication and ritual play roles in social change in Ancient Egypt and the Near East. I also investigate the uses of the past in ancient and modern societies, including the politics of archaeology. As Curator of USC's Archaeology Research Center I am engaged in technical material studies, excavation publication projects, and research involving lasers and also new imaging techniques in archaeological research and conservation.

Research Specialties

Amuq Valley Research Project Survey (Turkey) Kenan Tepe Excavations (Tigris River, Turkey) Native American Sacred Landscapes Project (California) Tell al-Judaidah Publication Project (Turkey) Israeli Palestinian Archaeology Working Group (Co-organizer)

Other Research

I am publishing research from an archaeological survey in the Hatay region of coastal Turkey that abuts the Syrian border., 06/2008-  
Continuing to develop field and lab research effort centered in southern California's Native American Sacred Landscape. This project involves a collaboration with chemists and physicists in research and field uses of lasers as a culturally-sensitive means of removing gang graffiti (modern paint) from ritually-significant sites. Includes training a team of undergraduates to create a geographic information system (a GIS database links landscape data, images, and ancient site information) as a tool for research and preservation. Also includes close oversight of undergraduates using lasers., 08/2007-  

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Faculty Fellow for USC Dornsife, 8/16/2011-5/13/2013  

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Director of the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Undergraduate Major, 07/01/2012-06/30/2014  
Dornsife Faculty Fellow, 08/16/2012-05/15/2013  
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