John Marston

Associate Professor, Anthropology and Archaeology

  • Title Associate Professor, Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Office STO 345F
  • Phone 617.353.2357
An environmental archaeologist, John M. Marston studies the long-term sustainability of agriculture and land use, with a focus on ancient societies of the Mediterranean and western and central Asia. His research focuses on how people make decisions about land use within changing economic, social, and environmental settings, and how those decisions affect the environment at local and regional scales. A specialist in paleoethnobotany, the study of archaeological plant remains, Marston’s contributions to the field include novel ways of linking ecological theory with archaeological methods to reconstruct agricultural and land-use strategies from plant and animal remains. Recent interdisciplinary collaborations focus on comparative study of cultural adaptation to environmental and climate change in the past and present; developing new methods to study the spatial distribution of land use from archaeological animal and plant remains; and stable isotope biogeochemistry. Marston’s current field research takes place in Israel, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Greece.

Expertise: Paleoenvironments, agriculture, sustainability science, resilience

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