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 underlying database and bibliography, published open-access through tDAR, are comprehensive references for future study and analysis.
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. Congratulations, Evan!
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 article, published in the Journal of Human Evolution in 2018. Watch the episode here!
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 scholarly conversation, and teaching environmental archaeology. Learn more at the series website here or more about Elements here.
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 practices and environmental change during the Late Bronze Age of western Turkey. Article is available open access here. Congratulations to Peter and Nami!
Lab alumnus Adam DiBattista (CAS '14) just completed his PhD, titled "The Transformation of Animal Materials in Early Greece," at UCLA. Adam will join the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University in the fall as a Postdoctoral Scholar. Congratulations, Adam!
Environmental Archaeology Laboratory undergraduate alumna Sydney Hunter (CAS '19) has been selected as one of nine archaeologists nationwide for a 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship will fund three years of her doctoral research. Sydney has just completed an MA at the University of Liverpool and intends to enroll at Ohio State University in the fall. Congratulations, Sydney!
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!
Maria Codlin was announced as the winner of the SAA's Student Paper Award for 2021 for her submission "Hunting and Husbandry at the Ancient Mexican City of Teotihuacan." The paper will appear in the symposium "Cultivating Cities: Perspectives from the New and Old Worlds on Wild Foods, Agriculture, and Urban Subsistence Economies" chaired by Codlin and Kathleen Forste. Congratulations on this prestigious award, Maria!!