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.
Marston is a co-author (with Sarah R. Graff and Scott Branting, director of the Kerkenes Project) on a new article just published in Economic Anthropology, entitled "Production requires water: Material remains of the hydrosocial cycle in an ancient Anatolian city". The article is slated for the June issue and available online in advance of print here.
Environmental Archaeology Laboratory undergraduate research Sydney Hunter (CAS 2019) was just awarded the Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award by the Society of Ethnobiology! Sydney will receive the award at the 2019 Society of Ethnobiology conference in Vancouver, Canada. Congratulations, Sydney!
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 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!
The final version of "Archaeologies of Empire and Environment" has just been published in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. Co-authored by Melissa S. Rosenzweig (Northwestern University) and John M. Marston, this article frames the December 2018 special issue of JAA with the same name. The article is available for download here.
Marston's 2017 book, Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Change at Ancient Gordion, published by the University of Pennsylvania Museum Press, was selected as the 2019 recipient of the James R. Wiseman Book Award by the Archaeological Institute of America. The award will be presented at the January 2019 Annual Meeting of the AIA in San Diego.
Sydney Hunter (CAS '19) has been recognized by the Boston University Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program as a 2018 Outstanding Student Researcher, one of seven students selected from all students conducting research across the entire university for this honor. Congratulations Sydney!
John M. Marston is a co-author, along with lab alumna Nami Shin (CAS '15), on the first article publishing results of excavations at the site of Kaymakçı, in western Turkey, from the years 2014-2016. The article was just published in the American Journal of Archaeology and is available open access: it can be download here.
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!!