Thomas E. Levy

Associate Director of CISA3, Professor of Anthropology and Judaic Studies, Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at UC San Diego

Thomas Evan Levy is a co-principal investigator on the IGERT-TEECH project and Associate Director at the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). He holds the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at the University of California, San Diego. Levy is a member of the Department of Anthropology and Judaic Studies Program, and he carries out cyber-archaeology research with students and colleagues at Calit2.

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 social evolution from the beginnings of sedentism and the domestication of plants and animals in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (ca. 7500 BCE) to the rise of the first historic Levantine state-level societies in the Iron Age (ca. 1200 – 500 BCE). Levy has been the principal investigator of many interdisciplinary archaeological field projects in Israel and Jordan that have been funded by the National Geographic Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and other organizations. Tom also conducts ethnoarchaeological research in India.

Levy, his wife Alina Levy and the Sthapathy brothers who are traditional craftsmen in the village of Swamimalai co-authored the book Masters of Fire - Hereditary Bronze Casters of South India. Bochum: German Mining Museum, 2008). He has published 10 books and numerous scholarly articles. Levy’s most recent book is entitled Historical Biblical Archaeology – The New Pragmatism (London: Equinox Publishers, 2010).





Nov 6, 2013 - "ArchaeoSTOR: A Data Curation System for Research on the Archaeological Frontier,"Gidding A, Matsui Y, Levy TE, DeFanti T, and Kuester F. , Future Generation Computer Systems 29(2013):2117 - 2127

Mar 1, 2013 - "The 2012 Petra Cyber-Archaeology Cultural Conservation Expedition: Temple of the Winged Lions and environs, Jordan," T. Levy, C. Tuttle, M. Vincent, M. Howland, A. Richter, V. Petrovic, D. Vanoni, Antiquity

Feb 13, 2013 - "Archaeological Remote Sensing in Jordan's Faynan Copper Mining District with Hyperspectral Imagery,"Savage SH, Levy TE, and Jones IWN, Mapping Archaeological Landscapes from Space, Springer, pp. 97-110

Feb 12, 2013 - "The 2012 Petra Cyber-Archaeology Cultural Conservation Expedition: Temple of the Winged Lions and Environs, Jordan,"Thomas E. Levy, Christopher A. Tuttle, Matthew L. Vincent, Matthew Howland, Ashley M. Richter, Vid Petrovic and David Vanoni, Antiquity, Volume 087, Issue 335

Jan 30, 2013 - "Chalcolithic Social Organization Reconsidered: Excavations at the Abu Hof Village, Northern Negev, Israel," Burton, M.M. and Levy, T.E., Journal of The Israel Prehistoric Society, 42:(2012), pps. 137-192

Dec 21, 2012 - "Cyber-Archaeology in the Holy Land," T. Levy, N. Smith, M. Najjar, T. DeFanti, A. Lin, F. Kuester, Biblical Archaeology Society

Dec 19, 2012 - "Cyber-Archaeology in the Holy Land,"T.E. Levy, N.G. Smith, F. Kuester, T.A. DeFanti, A.Y-M. Lin, M. Najjar, Biblical Archaeology Review eBooks

Dec 11, 2012 - "Terrestrial laser scanning (LiDAR) as a means of digital documentation in rescue archaeology: Two examples from the Faynan of Jordan,"Ashley Richter, Falko Kuester, Thomas E. Levy and Mohammad Najjar, 18th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia

Nov 23, 2012 - "Islamic Metallurgy in Faynan: Surveys of Wadi al-Ghuwayb and Wadi al-Jariya in Faynan, Southern Jordan,"I.W.N. Jones, T.E. Levy, M. Najjar, American Schools of Oriental Research

Sep 30, 2012 - "The Pottery Informatics Query Database: A new method for mathematic and quantitative analyses of large regional ceramic assemblage datasets,"Smith, N. G., Karasik, A., Narayanan, T., Olson, E. S., Smilansky, U., and Levy, T. E., , Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

Aug 17, 2012 - "Portable Data Management Cloud for Field Science,"Y. Matsui, A. Gidding, T. Levy, F. Kuester, and T. DeFanti, IEEE Fifth International Conference on Cloud Computing:1000-1001

Aug 1, 2012 - "Geophysical Surveys at Khirbat Faynan, an Ancient Mound Site in Southern Jordan,"A. Novo, M.L. Vincent, and T.E. Levy , International Journal of Geophysics 2012:8

Jul 1, 2012 - "ArchaeoSTOR map: publishing archaeological geodata on the web,"Y. Matsui, A. Gidding, T.E. Levy, F. Kuester, and T.A. DeFanti, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computing for Geospatial Research and Applications

Jun 1, 2012 - "Portal Science and Archaeology: Views from the Mediterranean Lands,"Edited by Thomas E. Levy, Stephen H. Savage, Chaitan Baru and Oystein LaBianca, Equinox Books

Jun 1, 2012 - "New Perspectives on Iron Age Copper Production and Society in the Faynan Region, Jordan,"Levy TE, Ben-Yosef E, and Najjar M., Eastern Mediterranean Metallurgy and Metalwork in the 2nd Millennium BC, Edited by Vasiliki Kassianidou and George Papasavvas, Oxbow Books p. 197-214

May 1, 2012 - "On-Site Digital Archaeology 3.0 and Cyber-Archaeology: Into the Future of the Past- New Developments, Delivery and the Creation of a Data Avalanche,"Thomas Evan Levy, Vid Petrovic,Tom Wypych, Aaron Gidding, Knabb, K., Hernandez, D., Smith,N. G., Schlulz, J. P., Savage, S. H. , Kuester, F. , Ben-Yosef, E., Buitenhuys, C. , Barrett, C. J., Najjar, M., & DeFanti, T. , Introduction to Cyber-Archaeology, M. Forte, Editor

Nov 16, 2011 - "Prospects and problems in the use of hyperspectral imagery for archaeological remote sensing: a case study from the Faynan copper mining district, Jordan,"Stephen H. Savage, Thomas E. Levy and Ian W. Jones, Journal of Archaeological Science (2011), doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2011.09.28

Oct 25, 2011 - "The Cyprus Archaeomagnetic Project (CAMP): Targeting the Slag Deposits of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean,"Erez Ben-Yosef, Ron Shaar, Lisa Tauxe, Thomas E. Levy and Vasiliki Kassianidou, Antiquity, Volume 85, Issue 330

Jul 23, 2011 - "Dealing with Archaeology's Data Avalanche," Petrovic, V., A. Gidding, T. Wypych, F. Kuester, T. A. DeFanti, and T. E. Levy, IEEE Computer

Dec 1, 2010 - "Archaeometric Dating of Copper Smelting Site F2 in the Timna Valley (Israel) and its Implications for the Modelling of Ancient Technological Developments,"E. Ben-Yosef, L. Tauxe, and T.E. Levy, Archaeometry, Volume 52, Issue 6

Oct 25, 2010 - "Historical Biblical Archaeology and the Future: The New Pragmatism,"Edited by Thomas E. Levy, Equinox Books

Aug 1, 2010 - "Ancient texts and archaeology revisited: radiocarbon and Biblical dating in the southern Levant,"Thomas E. Levy, Mohammad Najjar and Thomas Higham, Antiquity

Jul 24, 2010 - "The beginning of Iron Age copper production in the southern Levant: new evidence from Khirbat al-Jariya, Faynan, Jordan,"E. Ben-Yosef, T.E. Levy, T. Higham, M. Najjar and L. Tauxe, Antiquity, Volume 84 (2010)

Oct 15, 2009 - "Geomagnetic intensity spike recorded in high-resolution slag deposit in Southern Jordan,"E. Ben-Yosef, L. Tauxe, T.E. Levy, R. Shaar, H. Ron and M. Najjar, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 287, Issues 3-4

Sep 1, 2009 - "The virtual Chichén Itzá project: modeling an ancient Maya city in Google SketchUp,"B. Volta, T.E. Levy and G.E. Braswell, Antiquity, Volume 83, Issue 321

Jun 1, 2009 - "New Iron Age Copper Mine Fields Discovered in Southern Jordan,"E. Ben-Yosef, T.E. Levy and M. Najjar, Near Eastern Archaeology, Volume 72, Issue 2

Nov 1, 2008 - "A new approach for geomagnetic archaeointensity research: Insights on ancient metallurgy in the Southern Levant,"Ben-Yosef, E., Tauxe, L., Ron, H., Agnon, A., Avner, U., Najjar, M., and Levy, T.E., Journal of Archaeological Sciences, Volume 35

Oct 27, 2008 - "High Precision Radiocarbon Dating and Historical Biblical Archaeology in Southern Jordan,"Thomas E. Levy, et al., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume 105

Aug 8, 2008 - "Application of copper slag in archeointensity research,"Ben-Yosef, E., H. Ron, L. Tauxe, A. Agnon, A. Genevey, T.E. Levy, U. Avner and M. Najjar, Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume 113