Dr. Thomas Levy is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Norma Kershaw Chair, Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Land, University of California, San Diego, and Director, Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability, Qualcomm Institute.
The destruction of world cultural heritage is an acute problem from the damage done to archaeological sites by the Islamic State and other groups in the Middle East. Last year, Levy received a grant from the University of California Office of the President for At-Risk World Heritage and the Digital Humanities to tackle the crisis through cultural preservation. In collaboration with archaeology faculty at UC Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Merced, the project incorporates over 10,000 years of cultural materials, architecture, and landscapes. The lecture will present an overview of this UC campus-wide partnership, which uses conventional and modern techniques to study the effects of disasters—both natural and manmade—and forecast endangered sites.Ticket Information
This lecture is free after museum general admission. Donations are always welcome.
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