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Lynn Dodd

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

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



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

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My research centers on archaeology & politics (why the past matters) and ancient innovation & social change (material reflections of new ideas). I am particularly interested in the ways that beliefs about the world figure in social change, whether in Ancient Egypt and the Near East or in Native American landscapes in coastal California. 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

Elemental analysis using X-ray florescence of ancient artifacts and materials (archaeometric study), including objects in USC's Archaeological Research Collection., 06/2014-  
Catalina (Pimu) Island Holocene Settlement, Environment, and Chronology Project is a collaborative archaeology research effort focused on reconstruction of early and historic human settlements and environments including those now submerged underwater. Focus of exploration is an island which is the traditional, sacred land of Tongva (Gabrieleno) people., 2012-  
Publication and analysis of archaeological survey research in the Hatay region of coastal Turkey (Orontes River Valley; Plain of Antioch) that abuts the Syrian border., 06/2008-  
Continuing field and lab research effort centered in southern California's Native American Sacred Landscape. This project involves collaboration with chemists and physicists. It features evaluation 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 and scanning electron microscopy through USC CEEMA., 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, 07/01/2013-06/30/2016  
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Religion, 07/31/2014-06/30/2015  
Dornsife Faculty Fellow, 08/16/2012-05/15/2013  
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