At the anthraco2023 conference in Porto, Portugal, Angela Zhang delivered the paper “Wood use in Predynastic Upper Egypt: results of charcoal analysis from two predynastic settlements in the Nile Valley”. This is the result of Angela’s 2022-2023 UROP project and includes lab members Peter Kováčik and John Marston as co-authors. Congratulations Angela!
Marston, together with co-author Dr. Lorenzo Castellano, have published a comprehensive survey of first millennium agricultural change in Anatolia, modern Turkey, in Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. Read the article here or view it (only) for free here.
Marston has received a substantial award from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation to fund 2023 fieldwork at the Athenian Agora, where he along with Angela Zhang (CAS ’24) and Owen Lannon (CAS ’24) will conduct research into the use of plants in the civic heart of ancient Athens. This award will finance travel and research […]
Alex Dorr has been awarded a US Department of State Educational and Cultural Affairs Junior Research Fellowship for the 2023-24 academic year at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. Alex will spend one semester of next academic year in Jerusalem to continue work on his dissertation project on agricultural systems of the Hellenistic period […]
EAL alumna Kathleen Forste (GRS ’20) and John M. Marston are co-authors on a new article, “Urban agricultural economy of the Early Islamic southern Levant: a case study of Ashkelon” just published in Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. This article publishes the full Islamic- and Crusader-period archaeobotanical assemblage from Ashkelon, which provides robust evidence for the […]
Lab alumna Yiyi Tang (CAS ’21, GRS ’21) and Marston are co-authors on a new article, “Early millet cultivation, subsistence diversity, and wild plant use at Neolithic Anle, Lower Yangtze, China,” published in The Holocene (access it here). In the article, which is based on Yiyi’s MA project, we present evidence for a diversified agricultural […]
Marston’s recent article on Maya nixtamalization (and possible toilets) has been covered by BU’s research publication, The Brink. Read the article and interview, titled “What Ancient Toilets Can Teach Us about Maya Life—and Tamales,” here.
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 […]
Kathleen Forste (GRS ’21) has earned a P.E. MacAllister Scholarship for Fieldwork Participation from the American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR). This award will support her research in Menorca, Spain this summer. Congratulations Kathleen!
Peter Kováčik has received a Summer 2022 Research and Conference Travel Award mini-grant from the Boston University Center for Innovation in Social Science for his dissertation research in the Albuquerque basin of New Mexico this summer. Congratulations, Peter!