Category: Alumni

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!


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.

​Myriam Arcangeli (PhD 2012) publishes book

January 22nd, 2015

Sherds of History: Domestic Life in Colonial Guadeloupe (University Press of Florida,  2015) is based on Arcangeli’s 2012 dissertation.
Ceramics serve as one of the best-known artifacts excavated by archaeologists. They are carefully described, classified, and dated, but rarely do scholars consider their many and varied uses. Breaking from this convention, Myriam Arcangeli examines potsherds from four colonial sites in the Antillean island of Guadeloupe to discover what these everyday items tell us about the people who used them. In the process, she reveals a wealth of information about the lives of the elite planters, the middle and lower classes, and enslaved Africans.

By analyzing how the people of Guadeloupe used ceramics—whether jugs for transporting and purifying water, pots for cooking, or pearlware for eating—Arcangeli spotlights the larger social history of Creole life. What emerges is a detail rich picture of water consumption habits, changing foodways, and concepts of health. Sherds of History offers a compelling and novel study of the material record and the “ceramic culture” it represents to broaden our understanding of race, class, and gender in French-colonial societies in the Caribbean and the United States.

Francisco Estrada Belli Scientific American magazine article

December 16th, 2014

Francisco Estrada Belli Scientific American magazine covers the discovery he made in 2013 at Holmul and some implications for Maya political organization.

Click here for PDF of article.

Irina Shingiray (GRS’11) appointed Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oxford University

December 1st, 2014

Irina Shingiray (PhD 2011) has been appointed as Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of History at Oxford University (UK). During her 3-year appointment, Dr. Shingiray will work on the project “Nomadic Empires: A World-Historical Perspective.” Congratulations Irina!



Alumna, Christina Hodge (GRS’07), publishes book

August 19th, 2014

Dr. Christina Hodge (GRS’07), Collections Manager, Stanford Archaeology Center, Department of Anthropology at Stanford University has published a book based on her dissertation.  “Consumerism and the Emergence of the Middle Class in Colonial America”, was published by Cambridge University Press.

Congratulations Christina!



Tess Davis (CAS’04) BU Today interview: Returning Duryodhana

June 16th, 2014


By Tess Davis. Video by Devin Hahn. Photo by Josh Andrus

Archaeologist Tess Davis spent 10 years documenting the plunder of Cambodia’s ancient temples and working for the return of the country’s looted antiquities. Click here to read the Bostonia article, the basis of this interview.

Brent Fortenberry(GRS’13) discovers one of Bermuda’s oldest homes

June 2nd, 2014

Bermuda Day Article

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of one of the oldest Bermuda homes believed to be in existence. …  click here for the article.

Matthew Egger (CAS’14) awarded Fulbright grant

April 9th, 2014

Matthew Egger, Archaeology graduating senior was awarded a Fulbright grant for next year.

He will be attending the first year of a Master’s program in classical archaeology and ancient numismatics at the University of Tuebingen in Germany.  The research area of focus is a site on the Western Anatolian coast dating to the Hellenistic Period called Herakliea on Latmos.

During the summer months Matthew will be engaged in archaeological excavations under direction of Junior Professor Richard Posamentir, where he will apply the technical skills and cultural-historical knowledge gained at Tuebingen working directly in the field with a German research team.

German and American practices of archaeology are quite different; Americans approach the practice of archaeology through an anthropological lens, whereas in Germany, archaeology is its own unique discipline.  The goal of this project is to help to bridge the disciplinary gap between German and American styles of archaeology, while coming to more accurately understand our shared Western material heritage.

Professor John Marston’s SAA article: Navigating the Interdisciplinary Academic Job Market in Archaeology

January 27th, 2014

The SAA Archaeological Record

January 2014 – Volume 14 – Number 1

Marston SAA Record Article 2014