For professor Thomas Levy, the comparisons to Indiana Jones are almost unavoidable.
The UC San Diego archaeologist, whose work will be honored by the international Explorers Club in October, has spent his career combing the deserts of the Middle East for clues about ancient civilizations.
Levy uses high-precision radiocarbon dating and cutting-edge digital imaging tools for recording data in three dimensions so he can see much of what he finds south of the Dead Sea on the computer in his La Jolla office.
Levy's interests are focused on how the development of metallurgy affected social change. Since 1997, he has worked closely with officials in southern Jordan to advance understanding of mining and metalwork over 9,000 years in one of the world's best-preserved ancient copper mining districts.
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