By Maria H. Sousa

Archaeology at the SAA Meetings!

April 23rd, 2015

From the Stone Age to the Drone Age: Archaeologists gathered to discuss the past at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology held in San Francisco, California, April 15-19, 2015.

Boston University Department of Archaeology was in attendance with posters, papers, and exhibits.  click here.

Anna Goldfield (GRS’17) SAA Conference poster featured in Live Science.

April 21st, 2015

Congratulations to Anna!

“Fire use would have provided a significant advantage for the human population and may indeed have been an important factor in the overall collapse or absorption of the Neanderthal population,” said Anna Goldfield, a doctoral candidate in archaeology at Boston University, who presented the findings here on Thursday (April 16) at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.  Read entire article here.



Natalie Susmann (GRS’18) winner of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center Student Book Collection Contest

April 10th, 2015

Natalie is the 2nd prize recipient for her collection entitled, ” Objects of Memory: Books with Meaningful Mementos and Marginalia”

Congratulations Natalie!

Professor John Marston’s new book: “Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany”

March 18th, 2015

Congratulations to Professor Marston!

Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany

John M. Marston, Jade d’Alpoim Guedes, and Christina Warinner
Imprint: University Press of Colorado
Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany

Paleoethnobotany, the study of archaeological plant remains, is poised at the intersection of the study of the past and concerns of the present, including agricultural decision making, biodiversity, and global environmental change, and has much to offer to archaeology, anthropology, and the interdisciplinary study of human relationships with the natural world. Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany demonstrates those connections and highlights the increasing relevance of the study of past human-plant interactions for understanding the present and future.

A diverse and highly regarded group of scholars reference a broad array of literature from around the world as they cover their areas of expertise in the practice and theory of paleoethnobotany—starch grain analysis, stable isotope analysis, ancient DNA, digital data management, and ecological and postprocessual theory.

The only comprehensive edited volume focusing on method and theory to appear in the last twenty-five years, Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany addresses the new areas of inquiry that have become central to contemporary archaeological debates, as well as the current state of theoretical, methodological, and empirical work in paleoethnobotany.

John M. Marston is assistant professor in the Departments of Archaeology and Anthropology at Boston University.

Jade d’Alpoim Guedes is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University.

Christina Warinner is a research associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma and a research affiliate of the Molecular Research Group at the University of Zürich’s Centre for Evolutionary Medicine. Visit her website at

Natalie Susmann (GRS’18) accepted to American School for Classical Studies at Athens Summer Session

March 2nd, 2015

Congratulations Natalie!


David Blauvelt (CAS’11) awarded Master of Science in Osteoarchaoelogy from University of Edinburgh

February 25th, 2015

David was awarded his MSc in Osteoarchaeology from University of Edinburgh School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

Congratulations to David!


Professor Kathryn Bard’s new book: “An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt,”

February 3rd, 2015

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, 2nd Edition

Author: Kathryn A. Bard

ISBN: 978-0-470-67336-2
480 pages
January 2015, ©2015, Wiley-Blackwellfile

Congratulations to Professor Bard!

Bard book

Brandon Olson (GRS’15) co-edited a book

January 29th, 2015

Brandon Olson (GRS’15), current graduate students, co-edited a book.  It contains a number of interesting reports.  Details about the work on 3D printing of stone tools, which is discussed in this volume, can be found in the attached article in the journal Lithic Technology.


Olson et al

Lithic Technology

Professor Mary Beaudry contributes to prize-winning book

January 22nd, 2015

Tales of Gotham: Historical Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and Microhistory of New York City, published by Springer in 2013, won the Society for Historical Archaeology’s 2015 James Deetz Book Award.

From the Springer website:

WINNER of the 2015 SHA Deetz Award!!


​Tales of Gotham: ​Historical Archaeology ​, Ethnohistory ​and ​Microhistory of ​New York City is a collection of narratives about people who lived in New York City during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, people whose lives archaeologists have encountered during excavations at sites where these people lived or worked. The stories are ethnohistorical or microhistorical studies created using archaeological and documentary data. As microhistories, they are concerned with particular people living at particular times in the past within the framework of world events.
Focuses on specific individual life stories, or stories of groups of people, as a way to present archaeological theory and research.

Creates a collection of narratives of people who have lived in New York City during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries using archaeological data.

Contains a foreword by renowned archaeological theorist Mary Beaudry.

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Elizabeth Mauer (CAS’15) wins poster award at the 2015 AIA/SCS Annual Meeting

January 22nd, 2015

2015 AIA/SCS Annual Meeting, Elizabeth Mauer, one of our undergraduates, presented a poster which won Best Poster Designed Entirely by Student(s) Award! Her poster was entitled: A Chemical Investigation of Cedar Oil in the Hellenistic Levant.


Here is a pdf of the poster.