Marston selected as 2020 Fulbright Scholar to Australia

By John M. MarstonMarch 24th, 2019in Funding, News, Research

Marston has been selected as the recipient of one of six Fulbright Scholar Awards to Australia in the "All Disciplines" competition. This will allow him to spend the Spring 2020 semester at the School of Social Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, to collaborate with Dr. Andrew Fairbairn on a project entitled "Agricultural Sustainability at the Nexus of Empire and Climate Change". Together, Drs. Marston and Fairbairn will combine their datasets on the Late Bronze and Iron Age periods of central Anatolia, drawing on sites including Gordion, Kerkenes, Kaman Kalehöyük, and Büklükale, in order to gain new insights into the Hittite to Phrygian imperial transition.

Wroth and Marston publish in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences

By John M. MarstonFebruary 18th, 2019in Alumni, Publications, Research

Environmental Archaeology Laboratory alumna and 2018 BU PhD Kristen Wroth, now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tübingen, has published the first article of her dissertation, with co-authors John M. Marston and BU emeritus professor Paul Goldberg. Read "Neanderthal plant use and pyrotechnology: phytolith analysis from Roc de Marsal, France" in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences here. Congratulations Kris!

Marston accepts Wiseman Book Award at 2019 AIA Annual Meeting

By Kali WadeJanuary 12th, 2019in Awards, Conferences, Publications

Marston accepted the James R. Wiseman Book Award at the Archaeological Institute of America's Conference last week for his 2017 book Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Change at Ancient Gordion (University of Pennsylvania Museum Press). This book details the interconnected agricultural and environmental histories over nearly 3000 years at the site of Gordion, Turkey, and makes Gordion one of the best published agricultural datasets from the Near East (click here to check it out). Congratulations Mac!

Goldfield and Marston article on Neanderthal energetics published in JHE

By John M. MarstonSeptember 2nd, 2018in Alumni, Publications, Research

The article "Modeling the role of fire and cooking in the competitive exclusion of Neanderthals" by Dr. Anna Goldfield (2017 PhD), Ross Booton (former lab volunteer, now Ph.D. student at the University of Sheffield), and John Marston has just been published in the Journal of Human Evolution. In this article, originally part of Anna's dissertation, we argue that underlying differences in metabolic rates between Neanderthals and Anatomically Modern Humans are likely to have played a large role in Neanderthal extinction, and that differential fire use would have exacerbated these differences and sped up that process. Get the article here. This is Anna's first lead-authored peer-reviewed article. Congratulations Anna!!