Category: Research

Tang and Marston publish earliest dated millet in South China

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 publishes first archaeological evidence for maize nixtamalization

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 […]

Evan McDuff earns Fulbright fellowship

Evan McDuff has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Israel for his doctoral dissertation research project, titled “Spices, Identity, and Acts of Culinary Resistance in the Face of the Roman Empire”. This fellowship will support Evan during the Spring 2023 semester at the University of Haifa, where he will work in the Laboratory for Sedimentary […]

Marston co-authors chapter on Archaeobotany in Anatolia

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 […]

Evan McDuff earns fellowship for dissertation research in Israel

Evan McDuff has been awarded an Educational and Cultural Affairs Junior Research Fellowship from the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem for his doctoral dissertation research project, titled “Spices, Identity, and Acts of Culinary Resistance in the Face of the Roman Empire”. This fellowship will support Evan during the Fall 2022 semester in Jerusalem. […]

Alumna Goldfield writes PBS episode on dissertation research

Lab alumna Anna Goldfield (GRS ’17) is the writer for a recent episode of the PBS series Eons on her dissertation research on Neanderthal energetics. The episode describes the recent finds of Neanderthal remains from El Sidrón cave in the context of Neanderthal extinctions of the late Pleistocene, a topic addressed by Goldfield in this […]

Marston publishes article on Hellenistic Ashkelon

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).