By Dr. Tracie Mayfield Preparations for the 2019 archaeological field school are well underway! Excavation sites have been chosen, speakers are being confirmed, supplies and equipment are getting organized, and students are signing up for the summer field season. I still have some open spots! So if you are interested, please check out the website […]Read More Update on the Providence Island (Colombia) Archaeological Project: The “Other” Puritan Colony
The following post was authored by USC student Elisa McAtee The question of who gets the Parthenon or Elgin Marbles (“Parthenon” is what I’ll call them) is one that has bothered archaeologists, museum workers, and even just regular people for some time now. First, it helps to know that the Parthenon was the temple of […]Read More Not Quite Set In Stone: The Parthenon Marbles Debate
The following is a guest post by Anna Bishop, a Ph.D. student at UCLA and alumna of USC where she majored in archaeology. Anna stares down a mask at the Maya site of El Zotz in northern Guatemala After getting my bachelors in archaeology at USC I became a PhD student at UCLA, where I […]Read More Exploring the Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya at El Zotz, Guatemala
Last semester Dr. Kenneth Seligson took journalist Joanna Clay on an audio tour of old USC. With the help of archival photographs Dr. Seligson provided details about what the old campus would have looked like and how it might have been experienced by some of USC’s earliest students. The article even includes details about what […]Read More Revisiting Old USC
If you have been following the blog for awhile, you are aware of the amazing three sisters garden created by student Nikolas Nguyen at his home in Pennsylvania. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and read more about it here and here. Nik was lucky enough to have a great harvest, due in part to […]Read More Happy New Year, Happy Harvest
For over 40 years, USC has proudly displayed a fragment of a column said to be from the Temple of Apollo in the ancient city of Troy. But is our “Trojan Column” all that it claims to be? Professional archaeologist (and amateur sleuth) John Pollini shows that looks, and plaques, can be deceiving. “Ye parent […]Read More Investigating the Authenticity of USC’s “Trojan” Column
Do you believe in ghosts? If so, then you might be interested in this article in the conversation, written by our own Tok Thompson, about why believing in ghosts could make you a better person!Read More Happy Halloween from USC Archaeology!