Jared Koller, Boston University Department of Archaeology graduate student was awarded a US State Department sponsored Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) for 2013. The CLS Program in Indonesia provided an intensive language learning environment.
Each year, Boston University has the pleasure of recognizing a handful of talented junior educators emerging as future leaders within their respective fields through the award of Career Development Professorships. Made possible through the generous support of BU Trustees Peter Paul, Stuart Pratt and his wife Elizabeth, Richard Reidy and his wife Minda, and the estate of BU School of Medicine alumnus Ralph Edwards, these professorships are presented to promising junior faculty who have been at BU for no more than two years and have held no prior professorships.
The awards highlight the caliber, potential, and continued vitality of Boston University’s diverse faculty and include a three-year, non-renewable stipend designed to support scholarly or creative work, as well as a portion of the recipients’ salaries. Nominations are submitted by the academic deans, and awardees are selected by the Office of the Provost. Peter Paul Career Development Professorships are awarded University-wide.
This year’s Career Development Professorship recipients have been cited for their extraordinary accomplishments in their areas of study, their passion for the creation and transmission of knowledge, and their efforts to enhance the student experience.
Peter Paul Career Development Professorship
- John Marston, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Archaeology, College of Arts & Sciences
John Marston studies the long-term sustainability of agriculture and land use, especially in the Mediterranean and western Asia, focusing on how people make decisions about land use within changing economic, social, and environmental settings. He received his doctorate and Master’s degrees in Archaeology from UCLA and his Bachelor’s degree from Washington University (St. Louis).
Love of Learning Awards
Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include (but not be limited to): Graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching/studies, etc. Recipients of the Fellowship award are not eligible to apply. One hundred forty-seven awards, at $500 each, are distributed each year.
According to the grant abstract, “the study will provide a detailed record of human occupation and environmental change” in the Maya Biosphere Reserve forest of northeastern Guatemala. This lowland area was where the Maya settled in pre-Columbian times. Researchers note that “climate change and environmental degradation have been proposed as the primary causes of extensive demographic decline” in the Maya population on two separate occasions. – See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/78k-fed-study-did-climate-change-cause-decline-mayan-civilization
Brent Fortenberry awarded the The Bermuda National Trust DeForest Trimingham Award for unwavering commitment to Bermuda’s archaeological research and education by providing a glimpse into the lives of the island’s residents throughout the centuries.
The first picture is Dr. Fortenberry with Rev. David Raths Incumbent of St. Peters Church and Bermuda National Trust President Lt. Col. William White. Second picture is Dr. Fortenberry, Lt. Col. William White, and Bermuda Government Ministry of the Environment and Planning, Sylvan Ricardson.
Graduate Student, Franco Rossi, awarded a Cora Dubois writing fellowship. This award will support Franco during the summer to do dissertation research and writing.
Congratulations to Kristen Wroth, she is the recipient of the 2012/2013 Teaching Fellow Excellence Award.
Kristin was the Teaching Fellow for Professor John Marston’s course, CAS AR307, Archaeological Science.
Congratulations to Professor Carballo!
Center for Humanities Junior Fellowship awarded to Professor David Carballo for academic year 2013/14 to do his research.
Religion and Urbanization in Ancient Central Mexico.
Five centuries ago Hernán Cortes and the conquistadors encountered teeming Aztec cities that served as the centers of ritual spectacles for a religious system that to Spanish eyes was simultaneously baffling, terrifying, and remarkable. Yet it was over a millennium before the Aztecs that central Mexico became one of the most urbanized places in the world, as it continues to be today. While the relationship between religion and urbanism during the Aztec period has been studied at length, this initial phase of urbanization and the crystallization of religious traditions of the later Formative period (ca. 600 BCE – 100 CE) remains poorly understood. The aim of my project is to elucidate the intersection of religion and urbanization in early central Mexico by combining elements of my own archaeological investigations at urban and rural sites of the period with a synthetic overview of the increased settlement nucleation and religious formalization that culminated in Classic period (ca. 100 – 600 CE) cities such as Teotihuacan, the largest city in the Americas in its day, and continued through the Spanish conquest.
Archaeological investigations of ancient urbanism strive to balance consideration of variables such as environment, population, politics, and architectural grammar in developing empirical urban theory for prehistoric contexts. In the absence of texts, however, many studies of prehistoric periods tend to undervalue the generative role of religion in shaping the world’s first cities, both in terms of their built environments and the social accommodations necessary for increasingly urbanized landscapes. By moving judiciously between sixteenth century textual sources and the prehistoric archaeological record I hope to provide a more comprehensive perspective on urbanization and religious formalization in central Mexico from the vantage point of early urban or proto-urban centers as well as more peripheral and rural areas.
Congratulations to Dan Fallu, who has been appointed as the Geoarchaeology Fellow at the Wiener Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for the 2013–14 academic year.
Established in 1981, the J.C. Harrington Award is named in honor of Jean Carl Harrington (1901-1998), one of the pioneers of historical archaeology in North America. The award, which consists of an inscribed metal, is presented for a lifetime of contributions to the discipline centered on scholarship. No more than one Harrington Medal is presented each year. It is considered Historical Archaeology’s highest honor. This year Professor Mary C. Beaudry received the award for her contributions to historical archaeology including her field research in North American, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean, as well as her innovative and interdisciplinary work on material culture.