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Community invited to learn more about Lanier Center during FREE virtual reception Oct. 6

Kim Chaudoin  | 

Photo of dig site

Register for the virtual reception here

Lipscomb University will celebrate the launch of its new Lanier Center for Archaeology at a special virtual reception on Tuesday, Oct. 6. 

This summer university officials announced that internationally renowned archaeology scholars Steven Ortiz and Tom Davis founded the Lanier Center for Archaeology at Lipscomb University. The Lanier Center for Archaeology is the first of its kind that is part of a university instead of a seminary setting. The center will offer academic programs and field research projects as well as bring extensive resources and artifacts to Lipscomb University.

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. In addition, the center will feature archaeological research libraries, an extensive artifact study collection and a ceramic restoration lab. It will also engage in field research projects, including four active projects: Tel Gezer excavation and publication project, Israel; Kourion Urban Space project, Cyprus; Karnak epigraphic survey, Egypt; and the Tel Burna excavation project, Israel. 

Photo of Steve Ortiz, Mark Lanier and Tom Davis

Steve Ortiz, Mark Lanier and Tom Davis, left to right.

The center is housed in Lipscomb’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The Lanier Center for Archaeology is made possible through the generosity of Becky and Mark Lanier, J.D. Mark Lanier is  a member of the Lipscomb Board of Trustees and a 1981 Lipscomb graduate.

The virtual reception, hosted by Scott Sager, vice president for church services, will include interviews with Ortiz, Davis, Lanier; and conversation about the center’s academic programs as well as its current active projects. 

The event begins at 7 p.m. CDT. Attendance is free, but registration is required to obtain a link to view. Register here

Want to know more about the Lanier Center for Archaeology? Visit