Kathleen Forste

Ph.D. Candidate, Boston University

  • Title Ph.D. Candidate, Boston University
  • Education MA, University of Cincinnati, 2012
    BA, University of Cincinnati, 2011

Areas of Interest

Paleoethnobotany/archaeobotany; Plant management; Agriculture; Fuel use; Eastern Mediterranean; Levant; Byzantine, Early Islamic, Crusader periods; Recovery techniques; Sampling strategies

Research

I am interested in studying human-landscape and human-plant interactions as well as ancient economic practices through the lens of archaeobotanical remains. My dissertation project is focused on the agricultural economy in the Levant during the Early Islamic period (c. 636-1099 CE). Specifically, I am investigating how access to and organization of plant resources is impacted by a site’s architectural configuration as well as by its location in the geographic and socio-cultural landscapes. I am currently analyzing the macrobotanical remains (seeds, fruits, plant parts, wood charcoal) recovered from 4 sites in Israel: Ashkelon, Caesarea Maritima, Tel Shimron, and Neby Zakaria.

I have been involved in archaeobotanical work in southern Europe, specifically the analysis of Middle and Late Helladic botanical remains from Tsoungiza, Greece, and maintain an interest in low-level food production in the North American Prehispanic Southwest with professors at the University of Cincinnati.

Projects

Tel Shimron Excavations

Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon

various collaborations with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA)

Publications

Forste, Kathleen M., and John M. Marston. In review Paleoethnobotany at Early Islamic Ashkelon, in Islamic Ashkelon, edited by T.   Hoffman. Eisenbrauns, Winona Lake.

Allen, Susan E., and Kathleen M. Forste. In review Archaeobotanical Remains, in Nemea Valley Archaeological Project, Volume III: The Mycenaean Settlement on Tsoungiza Hill, edited by J.C. Wright and M.K. Dabney.

Allen, Susan E., and Kathleen M. Forste. Fireside Stories: Archaeobotanical Investigations of Bronze Age Combustion Features at Sovjan, Albania. In preparation for submission to Vegetation History and Archaeobotany.

Sullivan, III, Alan P., Jean N. Berkebile, Kathleen M. Forste, Ryan M. Washam. 2015. Disturbing Developments in Anthropogenic Pinyon-Juniper Woodland: An Archaeobotanical Perspective on Fire, Ecology, Economic Production, and Ecosystem History. Journal of Ethnobiology 35:37-59. Download PDF

Sullivan, III, Alan P., and Kathleen M. Forste. 2014. Fire-Reliant Subsistence Economies and Anthropogenic Coniferous Ecosystems in the Pre-Columbian northern American Southwest. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 23 (Supplement 1):S135-S151.  Download PDF

Sullivan, III, Alan P., Kevin S. Magee, Phil B. Mink, II, K. M. Forste. 2012. Remote Sensing of Heritage Resources for Research and Management. Park Science 28(3):93-8.  Download PDF

Conference Presentations

“The Animal and Plant Economies at Islamic and Crusader Ashkelon” (with John M. Marston and and Deirde Fulton) Presentation at the American Schools of Oriental Research annual meeting, November 19, 2016.

“Investigating Economic and Social Impacts of Agricultural Production and Consumption at Islamic Ashkelon” (with John M. Marston) Presentation  at the American Schools of Oriental Research annual meeting: November 19, 2015.

“New Evidence for Agriculture and Economy at Crusader Period Ashkelon” (with John M. Marston and Tracy Hoffman) Presentation at the American Schools of Oriental Research annual meeting, November 19, 2015.

“Paleoethnobotanical Investigations of the Economy at Islamic Ashkelon” (with John M. Marston) Presentation at Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, April 18, 2015.

“Fireside Stories: Archaeobotanical Investigations of Bronze Age Combustion Features at Sovjan, Albania” (with Susan E. Allen) Presentation  at Society of Ethnobiology 34th Annual Meeting, May 5, 2011.

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