Category: Discovery

Professor Carballo BBC series episode “Lost Kingdoms of Central America”

January 6th, 2015

Professor David Carballo is in this episode on the BBC series “Lost Kingdoms of Central America,” talking about Teotihuacan, which they have made available on YouTube


Christina Luke was a recent US speaker in Serbia

November 10th, 2014

Christina Luke, Boston University Senior Lecturer of Archaeology; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Field Archaeology; Chair, Cultural Policy Committee, Archaeological Institute of America; Co-director, Central Lydia Archaeological Survey was a recent US Speaker in Serbia (2-9 November 2014). The week-long session focused on cultural diplomacy and the recent emphasis from UNESCO to explore creative economies as part of heritage practice. Christina met with regional leaders and gave lectures in Belgrade, Novi Pazar, Novi Sad and Kragujevac to discuss heritage policies pertaining to EU integration as well as the intercultural dialogue. She also met with US Ambassador Kirby, US Cultural Attaché Drew Giblin and members of the Serbian Ministry of Culture, including Minister Ivan Tasovac and Assistant to the Minister, Asja Draca.
Hristina Mikic, executive director of the Creative Economy Group in Belgrade, organized the program and the second forum of the group was held at the Palace of Serbia on 6 November.


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Professor Michael Danti part of a team to save Syria’s heritage

August 5th, 2014

On August 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of State and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) signed a $600,000 cooperative agreement to document comprehensively the current condition of cultural heritage sites in Syria and assess future restoration, preservation, and protection needs. ASOR’s documentation and planning will raise global awareness of the threats to Syria’s cultural heritage and identify immediate or future projects and assistance that can be carried out and provided inside Syria. ASOR’s Syrian Heritage Initiative—Planning for Safeguarding Heritage Sites in Syria is led by five co-directors / co-principal investigators: Scott Branting (ASOR), Jesse Casana (University of Arkansas), Michael Danti (Boston University and ASOR), Abdal-Razzaq Moaz (Indiana University and ASOR), and Andrew Vaughn (ASOR). LeeAnn Barnes Gordon (ASOR) serves as Project Manager for Conservation and Heritage Preservation. The international team also includes more than 30 additional scholars and specialists who will serve as co-investigators, consultants, or advisors.  Click here to read more.

AIA Pomerance Fellowship Spotlight: Daniel Fallu (GRS’16)

August 5th, 2014

The 2014 recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship, Daniel “Dan” Fallu, thought for a long time that he would become a lawyer. Yet that same drive to solve puzzles, along with a strong desire to travel, eventually led Dan to study archaeology.  Click here to read more.

Sara Belkin (GRS’16) Patriot Ledger Interview at the Wakefield Estate in Milton.

July 22nd, 2014

High school students uncover artifacts at Milton’s Wakefield Estate

Doctoral students at Boston University are spending another summer involving teens in an archaelogical dig at Milton’s Wakefield Estate.  Read more, click here.

Professor Bard National Geographic Interview, Artifact Trove at Egyptian Tomb

June 2nd, 2014

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.

Professor Michael Danti Discover Magazine Interview

April 14th, 2014

All of Iraq is not created equal

— at least not for archaeologists. Its war-torn  northern region, known as Kurdistan, has been closed to digs for more than half a century. But the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is now allowing a team led by Boston University archaeologist Michael Danti to search the mountainous area for artifacts.  Their continuing  efforts in the western Zagros Mountains, along the Turkish and Iranian  borders, likely represent the best chance yet to dig at the root of Kurdish origins.  Click here download PDF and read the rest.

Daniel Fallu (GRS’16) recipient of a GRAF and AIA Pomerance Fellowship

February 6th, 2014

Dan Fallu, Boston University Department of Archaeology graduate student has been awarded the long term GRAF.  The GRAF is specifically for his field work and residency in Greece. The bulk of the funding will be put towards coring the banks of the Chavos River (part of the natural fortification of Mycenae) in order to develop a history of sediment dynamics. The main goal of this coring is to determine if a dam (yet to be discovered architecturally) created a reservoir that resulted in the eventual burial of the site.
The AIA Pomerance Fellowship will pay for dating (carbon and osl) and isotope analysis to understand the effect of climate perturbuation on the stratigraphy at Mycenae.

Congratulations Dan!

Professor Saturno describes the thrill of “the find”

January 24th, 2014

Boston University 2013 Annual Report