Category: Faculty

Catherine West quoted in National Geographic

Professor Catherine West quoted in National Geographic The Plate. “The past has this incredible database that tells us what the landscape looked like when there were [Native Americans] harvesting resources differently than we do today,” says Catherine West, an archaeologist at Boston University who wasn’t involved with the research. “It might give us some ways […]

Professor Marston and PhD student Forste part of cemetery of the Philistines discovery at Ashkelon, Israel

Professor John (Mac) Marston and Archaeology PhD student Kathleen Forste are members of the Ashkelon excavation team that recently announced its discovery of a Philistine cemetery. The first and only Philistine cemetery ever discovered has been found outside the walls of ancient Ashkelon. As one of the major Philistine city-states during the Iron Age, Ashkelon […]

Professor Curtis Runnels seafaring research on the news

Professor Curtis Runnels, Chair Boston University Department of Archaeology, has published an article on his seafaring research in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 42 (2016), 140-153,  titled “Middle Pleistocene sea-crossings in the eastern Mediterranean?”.  Click here for the article. Professor Runnels also had a story that ran on Suddeutsche Zeitung (a major German newspaper) about […]

Maccabees Project is in the Boston Globe

The following appeared on BostonGlobe.com: Headline: Boston University project attempts to understand the Maccabees – The Boston Globe Date: Apr 12, 2016 The Maccabees are a complex, but ongoing symbol of Jewish nationalism. But, were they really great ancient warriors or has their heroism been exaggerated? http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2016/04/12/project-attempts-understand-maccabees/5zz0EwooWFR3ZY7FD4uaKN/story.html?s_campaign=8315

Professor Mary Beaudry – NEW Publication on Historical Households

While household archaeologists view the home as a social unit, few move their investigations “beyond the walls” when contextualizing a household in its community. Even exterior aspects of a dwelling–its plant life, yard spaces, and trash heaps–uncover issues of domination and resistance, gender relations, and the effects of colonialism. This innovative volume examines historical homes […]

Professor Catherine West awarded a 3-year NSF Grant

Catherine West, Boston University Department of Archaeology Research Assistant Professor of Archaeology, has been awarded a 3-year National Science Foundation grant entitled “Collaborative Research: Archaeological and Paleoenvironmental Perspectives of Climate Change in the Aleutian Islands.” This project is in collaboration with the University of Alabama and Portland State University and the goal is to address […]

Visiting Researcher Karen B. Metheny and Professor Mary C. Beaudry have co-edited Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia

What are the origins of agriculture? In what ways have technological advances related to food affected human development? How have food and foodways been used to create identity, communicate meaning, and organize society? In this highly readable, illustrated volume, archaeologists and other scholars from across the globe explore these questions and more.The Archaeology of Food offers more […]