A new article in the Journal of Archaeological Science, co-authored by Marston, provides the first direct archaeological evidence for maize nixtamalization. Samples from two chultunes, rock-carved pits, from the Classic Maya site of San Bartolo, Guatemala, yielded abundant quantities of starch spherulites, which Marston and EAL alumna Emily Johnson (CAS ’17) previously identified as a […]
John M. Marston and Lorenzo Castellano (PhD candidate at NYU ISAW) have co-authored a chapter in the just-released Archaeology of Anatolia, Volume IV titled “Archaeobotany in Anatolia”. This is the first comprehensive survey and integration of published quantitative archaeobotanical seed remains from Anatolia in nearly 30 years, spanning the Paleolithic to the Ottoman period. The […]
Marston has been named editor for a new book series from Cambridge University Press, titled Elements in Environmental Archaeology. Elements are short, digital-born books that convey expert perspectives on focused topics. This series, set to total 30 volumes over the next five years, will include volumes focused on methods, theory and interpretation, critical topics of […]
A new article in Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, authored by Marston and Kate Birney of Wesleyan University, describes the agricultural system of Asheklon during the Hellenistic period. Surprise: they loved their emmer! Learn more here (full article) or here (free read-only).
A new article in Environmental Archaeology is the culmination of Marston’s 10 years of involvement in the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project, with EAL member Peter Kováčik and alumna Nami Shin as co-authors. In the article, “Agropastoral economies and land use in Bronze Age western Anatolia,” we combine wood charcoal, seed, and faunal data to reconstruct agricultural […]
Kathleen Forste’s latest article, “An Intrasite Analysis of Agricultural Economy at Early Islamic Caesarea Maritima, Israel,” has just appeared in Ethnobiology Letters, the open-access journal of the Society of Ethnobiology. Access the article here. Congratulations, Kathleen!
Environmental Archaeology Laboratory alumna Nami Shin (CAS 2015) and John M. Marston are lead authors on a new study of botanical remains from Kaymakçı, a Late Bronze Age site in Western Anatolia. This study follows up on preliminary results published in 2018 and is an adaptation of Nami’s MA thesis at Koç University. The article is […]
Marston’s latest article, “Archaeological Approaches to Agricultural Economies” has been published online in the Journal of Archaeological Research. The article summarizes advances in the study of agricultural economies, following the period of initial domestication, in worldwide comparative perspective. Read the article here: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10814-020-09150-0
Two articles co-authored by Marston have just been published in Quaternary International, part of the forthcoming special issue from the anthraco2019 conference. The first, entitled “Environmental reconstruction and wood use at Late Chalcolithic Çamlıbel Tarlası, Turkey” and authored by Marston, Peter Kováčik, and Ulf-Dietrich Schoop (Univ. of Edinburgh) presents the wood charcoal assemblage of the […]
Environmental Archaeology Lab alumna Emily Johnson, now a PhD student at UC Santa Barbara, is first author (with Marston) on an article just published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. This research is based on Emily’s undergraduate honors thesis at BU, which received the Michael A. Sassano III and Christopher M. Sassano Award for Writing […]