Prospective Students

Undergraduate volunteer opportunities: We welcome students from a range of backgrounds and with varying interests into the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory. At the moment there are openings for volunteer research opportunities on select, small-scale projects in the laboratory. Please email Laboratory Supervisor Kali Wade if interested.

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 actively recruiting doctoral students (and, in more select circumstances, master’s students) to join the laboratory group. The Department of Archaeology will no longer admit doctoral students, so no applications for doctoral study will be accepted during the 2017-2018 admissions cycle. It is likely, however, that doctoral students will be admitted to work with Prof. Marston through the Department of Anthropology as early as the 2018-2019 admissions cycle.

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 welcome to apply. Numerous research projects currently underway in the laboratory offer opportunities for thesis and dissertation research, especially Gordion, Kaymakçı, and Ashkelon. An opportunity exists to expand on prior pilot work studying pastoral mobility through strontium isotope analysis of ruminant teeth. Please contact Prof. Marston directly with questions about our graduate program or to discuss your potential application.