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Steven Ortiz 

Center for Biblical Archeology

Director, Lanier Center for Archaeology


Dr. Steven Ortiz is the Director of the newly established Lanier Center for Archaeology at Lipscomb University where he is also a professor of archaeology and biblical studies. He was the director of the former Tandy Institute for Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the principal investigator and co-director, along with Sam Wolff, of the Tel Gezer Excavation Project and is one of the directors of the Ilibalyk Project, Kazakhstan, and is the co-director at Tel Burna (Biblical Libnah). He has over 30 years of archaeological experience in Israel as he has been a senior staff member at a variety of major sites.

Ortiz’s research and publications focus on the archaeology of David and Solomon, Iron Age I and II transition, and the border relations between Judah and Philistia. He has served or currently holds leadership positions in several scholarly and academic associations. He currently serves on the board of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem. He has served ASOR since 2001 as a board member and on various committees.

Academic Degrees 

• PhD. in Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Arizona, May 2000

• M.A. Near Eastern Archaeology and Biblical Studies, University of Arizona, 1994

• M.A. in Bible History, Jerusalem University College (formerly Institute of Holy Land Studies), 1989

• B.A. double major in Anthropology and Sociology, California State University, Los Angeles, 1985

Academic Department 

Department of Archaeology