Catalina Island Research Experience: Featuring GPS Technology Training and Ancient Site Survery

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Led by: Dr. Lynn Swartz Dodd, Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion and Director of the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Undergraduate Major, School of Religion, USC (in conjunction with the Catalina Conservatory). Open to Archaeology Majors.

WHERE? USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, 22 miles off the coast from Los Angeles

WHAT? You will discover and document unrecorded ancient Native American sites created by the original inhabitants of the island: the Tongva. You will learn how to use one of the most transformational technologies to impact archaeology - global positioning systems (GPS) and its use in geographic information systems (GIS). You will become an explorer, a scientist, an archaeologist.

WHY? Because you are an archaeology major at USC. You can make a difference in a research project while you learn skills that future archaeologists won't be able to live without: global positioning systems and geographic information systems: GPS and GIS. The tools and methods you gain can be applied anywhere in the world.

NOTE: Interested students should contact Prof. Dodd ( You will be put on a mailing list and receive additional information as soon as it is available.

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