Prof. Thomas E. Levy, PhD
Thomas Evan Levy, Distinguished Professor, holds the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the Department of Anthropology and co-director of the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology (SCMA) at UC San Diego. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Levy is a Levantine field archaeologist with interests in the role of technology, especially early mining and metallurgy, on the evolution of societies, especially in eastern Mediterranean coastal zones. Tom has published 16 books and several hundred scholarly articles in high impact journals, conference proceedings and more. In 2018, Levy was awarded a doctor of philosophical sciences, honors causa at Charles University in the Czech Republic. Springer academic press published his recent edited volumes - Heritage and Archaeology in the Digital Age: Acquisition, Curation, and Dissemination of Spatial Cultural Heritage Data (2017), and Cyber-Archaeology and Grand Narratives: Digital Technology and Deep-Time Perspectives on Culture Change in the Middle East (2018). Prof. Levy is the PI for the 2-year University of California Office of the President Catalyst grant ($1.07 million) ‘At-Risk World Heritage and the Digital Humanities.’ To help jump-start SCMA, Levy is leading a trans-Mediterranean land and sea study of climate, environmental and deep-time culture change in Greece (with Prof. George Papatheodorou, University of Patras) and Israel (with Prof. Assaf Yasur-Landau, University of Haifa). Most recently, under Tom's leadership, the Koret Foundation (San Francisco) awarded SCMA, $1.3 million for a 3-year global scientific collaboration concerning deep-time climate and environmental change with the University of Haifa’s Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies.