Lipscomb University Launches Lanier Center for Archaeology

Founded by internationally renowned archaeology scholars Dr. Thomas Davis and Dr. Steven Ortiz, the Lanier Center for Archaeology brings globally recognized archaeological research to Lipscomb University, a nationally ranked research institution in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Lanier Center for Archaeology plans to offer a Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology of the Ancient Near East and a Master of Arts in Archaeology and Biblical Studies beginning in January 2021, pending SACSCOC accreditation approval. Lipscomb’s new archaeology programs will teach students how to critically understand archaeological and biblical data. Students are trained in field excavation and academic research and become active and contributing members in the professional archaeological guild.

In addition, the center features archaeological research libraries, an extensive artifact study collection and a ceramic restoration lab. Field research projects include Tel Gezer excavation and publication project in Israel, Kourion Urban Space project in Cyprus, Karnak epigraphic survey in Egypt and the Tel Burna excavation project in Israel, as well as projects in Jordan, Kazakhstan and Sudan.

To learn more about the Lanier Center for Archaeology and its academic programs, visit or email

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