Prospective Students

Undergraduate volunteer opportunities: We often welcome students from a range of backgrounds and with varying interests into the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory. At the moment there are only openings for volunteer research opportunities for a few select, small-scale projects in the laboratory for students with prior lab experience. Please email Laboratory Supervisor Kali Wade for more information.

Undergraduate research internships: Students with at least one semester of experience volunteering in the laboratory may work with Prof. Marston to develop a directed research project in the laboratory. We have several ongoing projects ready for student participation. Such projects may be completed for course credit, for funding (via the BU UROP program), or as independent work for distinction (for seniors only, via AR 401/402). Please contact Prof. Marston directly to discuss possible projects if you are interested in one of the above opportunities.

Prospective graduate students: Prof. Marston is recruiting doctoral students (and, in more select circumstances, master’s students) to join the laboratory group, although he is on sabbatical leave for the 2019-2020 academic year and not planning to admit any students in this admissions cycle. In general, master’s students should apply to the MA in Archaeology, while doctoral students will be admitted to work with Prof. Marston through the Anthropological Archaeology track within the PhD in Anthropology.

While students interested in any aspect of environmental archaeology or the study of past human-environmental interactions are welcome, students with an interest in agricultural systems of the ancient Near East are especially encouraged to apply. Numerous research projects currently underway in the laboratory offer opportunities for thesis and dissertation research, especially Gordion and Ashkelon. An opportunity exists to take part in an NSF-funded study of pastoral mobility through strontium isotope analysis of ruminant teeth. Please contact Prof. Marston directly with questions about our graduate programs or to discuss your potential application.