In the open-access article “Rural Agricultural Economies and Military Provisioning at Roman Gordion (Central Turkey)”, recently published in Environmental Archaeology, Marston teams up with Canan Çakırlar (University of Groningen) to present for the first time faunal data from the Roman period at Gordion, when the site was a military encampment. Integrating botanical and faunal data, we are able to identify key elements of the agricultural economy under direct military control (e.g., pig, cattle, wheat production) while others exhibit considerable autonomy. Download the article free here.
Marston is a co-author on a newly published article in the Journal of Field Archaeology, alongside lead author and longtime collaborator Liz Brite: “Kara-tepe, Karakalpakstan: Agropastoralism in a Central Eurasian Oasis in the 4th/5th century A.D. Transition”. Download the article here.
Check out the latest CAS Newsletter featuring Marston’s new book Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Change at Ancient Gordion: Gordion Special Studies 8. Marston examines botanical remains from nine years of excavation at Gordion, synthesizing archaeobotanical works from previous seasons. This book makes Gordion one of the best published agricultural datasets from the entire Near East; allowing comparative work for fellow researchers as well as illustrating a new approach investigating long-term social and environmental change. Click here to see their coverage: CAS News – August 15
Marston’s forthcoming book Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Change at Ancient Gordion is available for preorder through the University of Pennsylvania Press here. It should ship in August.
Marston’s latest review article, “Consequences of Agriculture in Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and the Levant”, has just been published online in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Agriculture and the Environment and is available open access here in both html and PDF formats. Take a look!
A new article by Marston, together with colleagues Willeke Wendrich (UCLA) and Simon Holdaway (U Auckland), entitled “Early and Middle Holocene wood exploitation in the Fayum basin, Egypt” has just been published in The Holocene. This paper explores woodland use by early agropastoral groups prior to the mid-Holocene desertification of the Sahara.
Two members of the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory are graduating from BU: Dr. Anna Goldfield and Emily Johnson.
Congratulations to Dr. Anna Goldfield, who defended her doctoral dissertation entitled “The Role of Physiology and Behavior in the Replacement of Neanderthals by Anatomically Modern Humans in Europe”. Anna will spend the summer of 2017 managing the BU Zooarchaeology Laboratory.
Congratulations to Emily Johnson, who graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Archaeology and as a member of the Kilachand Honor’s College. Emily’s impressive research earned her the Archaeology Department’s Trowel Award and the Michael A. Sassano III and Christopher M. Sassano Award for Writing Excellence in the Social Sciences. Emily will travel to Turkey this summer to manage archaeobotanical recovery at the site of Gordion.
We applaud these scholars and wish them the very best of luck in their future endeavors!
Rutgers University’s Department of Anthropology is offering an exciting, three-day workshop called Frontiers in Archaeological Sciences, highlighting the interdisciplinary research of archaeologists, “hard scientists,” and everyone in between. Featuring leading international researchers, this collaborative workshop promises to be an inspiring event. Check out their website for more details!
Emily S. Johnson and John M. Marston received the best poster award at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology, for the poster entitled “Elite Feasting and Monumental Dedication at Early Phrygian Gordion, Central Turkey”. This was the result of research Emily did as a UROP project with Prof. Marston in Spring 2017. Congratulations Emily!