New Year, Old USC

2018 is already an exciting year for USC Archaeology. Beginning February 1st, a group of 25 students, under the guidance of Dr. Kenneth Seligson (professor) and Dr. Kirby Farah, will be excavating in Associate’s Park on the USC Main Campus. Stay tuned as we’ll be updating Hunter Blatherer throughout the semester with blog posts, videos, […]

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The Smiting King… What’s the Deal?

For the last two years I have been working on researching a Roman-Egyptian terracotta figurine owned by USC and housed in the USC Archaeology Research Center. Over the last two years this project has produced some interesting results. This piece originally presented some interesting questions. I wanted to know what   this was representing, who […]

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Attempting to make fire was fascinating.  As a child, when first watching cartoon cavemen whip up flames from thin sticks on lazy Saturday mornings, I recall thinking, “That’s impossible!”  The Southern survivalists on Youtube made it look easy, but I was suspicious because their videos involved cut scenes between embers and actual fire.  Trying it […]

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ARC Lab: Fall 2012

It’s time for a new school year! Classes started this week, and we’re really excited about all the archaeology offerings this fall. Our newest professor, Maya expert Dr. Thomas Garrison, will be teaching two courses: ANTH-202: Introduction to Archaeology ANTH-202 is a great opportunity to learn about the theory, methods, and practice of archaeology. You […]

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A Random Update

I’ve been particularly bad at following up with this blog. It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything archaeologically related–indeed, I may in fact be slowly overdosing on the ARC Lab– but rather that I have been too busy to spend any time on writing anything meaningful (outside of my own schoolwork, though that may […]

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There isn’t much more to say than that. Sarah Hawley took first place in the Humanities category for her project on Judaidah figures. Let’s step back for a second and just congratulate her for all her hard and amazing work. This project was a long-time coming, and it was phenomenal (I’ve been stalking the web […]



DO IT. We’ll be on Trousdale Parkway on the USC campus all (or most?) in the Humanities category. This is your chance to learn about ossuaries, stelae, figurines, ancient recycling, and all sort of other wonderful and exciting things! 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Be there or we’ll hunt you down… I mean, what?