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Zooarchaeologist Sarah Newman carefully sweeps the area surrounding the remains of prizewinning racehorse Native Diver. USC alumnus Richard Shapiro connected with USC Dornsife archaeologists to help recover Native Diver before a complex is built on the land where the horse was buried. Photo by Lynn Swartz Dodd.

A Racing Legend Revisited

March 12, 2014

This past weekend a team of USC Dornsife archaeologists and students recovered the remains of legendary race horse Native Diver, helping to preserve a part of Los Angeles history. Black gelding Native Diver, a member of…

FYI Survival Class

Life, Neolithic Style

April 12, 2013

With expert movement, chemistry major Storm Nylen weaved together three long, thin strands of cotton to form a braid. Stationed at a counter in the USC Archaeology Research Center laboratory, she concentrated intently on her…

Participants including USC Dornsife students researching last summer in an excavation at Ostia Antica, the port town of ancient Rome. Photo courtesy of John Pollini.

Summering in Rome

January 29, 2013

This past summer, John Pollini of USC Dornsife led 10 students on an excavation at Ostia Antica, the port town of ancient Rome. Students interested in taking the excavation course this summer must apply by Feb. 15. Offered in…

Colored rendering showing feather extent in <em>Microraptor gui</em>. Drawing by David Krentz.

Look! Up in the Sky!

November 2, 2012

The mystery of how dinosaurs first began to fly may have finally been cracked by a USC Dornsife-led team of scientists whose groundbreaking study has been honored by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP). The…

Digging Turkey

Clues from Ancient Antioch

August 16, 2011

Lynn Swartz Dodd and her students had heard rumblings of a 10th-century cemetery deep in the brush in the Hatay region of Turkey near Antakya, the ancient city of Antioch. But no one had ever translated the inscribed…

USC College professor John Pollini (back row, center) and a team of students excavate a site at the ancient Roman port town Ostia Antica.

Summer Excavation Class at Ostia Antica, the Port of Ancient Rome

September 13, 2010

This past summer, John Pollini, professor of classical art and archaeology in art history in USC College, led 11 students on an excavation at Ostia Antica, the important port town of ancient Rome and the third best preserved…

Lynn Swartz Dodd, curator of USC College's Archaeology Research Center, adjusts a bronze-gold figurine to be X-rayed at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago during her and her students' first visit in July 2009. Dodd has been awarded a second grant to use the country's most powerful X-ray. Photo credit Elizabeth Friedman.

Beaming with Joy

January 29, 2010

For the second consecutive year, archaeologist Lynn Swartz Dodd of USC College has won "beam time," enabling her and her students to conduct research on ancient artifacts using the nation's most powerful X-ray. "The items…

USC College senior Sarah Hawley studies figurines at the Archaeology Research Center. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Exploring the Rise and Demise of Empires

January 26, 2010

When Sarah Hawley took her first archaeology course in USC College, she did not know it would be a watershed experience. Entering USC to study theatre the year before, she was immediately hooked and switched her…

This summer USC College archaeology students will blog about their experiences excavating and researching at various sites in Turkey, Spain, Alaska, Belize, Italy and Peru as well as the United States. Photo credit Emily Cavalcanti.

Something to Write Home About

June 11, 2009

Summer: time for most undergraduates to look for a part-time job or internship, or maybe just sleep in and get a tan. But if you happen to be a USC College archaeology student, your summer plans are a bit less…

Digging for Peace in the Middle East

Digging for Peace in the Middle East

May 1, 2008

Israelis and Palestinians may not be able to agree right now on their present or future, but if a pair of Los Angeles archaeologists have their way, they soon will see eye to eye on their past. Working tirelessly for the past…