Category: Faculty

Professors Luke & Roosevelt expand their network in Turkey

June 24th, 2014 in Archaeology, Faculty, Students, Turkey

The Young Society Leaders, an arm of the American Turkish Society, gathered at Istanbul’s Sabancı Center on June 20. American Turkish Society leader Murat Köprülü and Natixis Senior Country Manager Rıza Kadılar attended the debut meeting, and Joshua Walker, Sedef Koktenturk, Melek Pulatkonak, Christina Luke, Christopher Roosevelt, Aslı Ay, Didem Altop and Şebnem Kalemli Özcan were the other speakers.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Gygaia Projects has a weekly news section “Voices from the Week”.  Click here to read about the fieldwork progress.

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Professor Mary Beaudry interim faculty coordinator of the MLA Gastronomy Program

June 9th, 2014 in Archaeology, Faculty

Metropolitan College welcomes Dr. Mary Beaudry as interim faculty coordinator of the MLA in Gastronomy program.

Dr. Beaudry is a BU College of Arts & Sciences professor of archaeology and anthropology, and a MET professor of gastronomy. One of the founders of the MLA in Gastronomy, she has for many years taught the program’s core course, Anthropology of Food, and has remained involved in the program as a teacher and advisor. The program continues to be distinguished by courses that have strong academic content and innovative pedagogy involving digital and experiential learning, as well as international components such as study in Québec.

Professor Beaudry’s food-related research interests involve the archaeology of food and foodways, the material culture of cookery and dining, and “gastronomical archaeology”–an interdisciplinary approach using various lines of archaeological, historical, and pictorial evidence to interpret the experience of past meals and mealtimes. She has a number of publications to her name, is co-editor of Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Antiquaries Journal; Post-Medieval Archaeology; Vestigios: Revista Latinoamericana de Arqueologia Historica; Public Archaeology; and Journal of Contemporary Archaeology.

Professor Beaudry takes over for Dr. Rachel Black, who served as coordinator of the MLA in Gastronomy program from 2010 until this spring, when she accepted a research fellowship at the Collegium de Lyon in France.

Barbara Rotger will continue in her role as administrative coordinator of the gastronomy program.

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Professor Bard National Geographic Interview, Artifact Trove at Egyptian Tomb

June 2nd, 2014 in Archaeology, Discoveries, Discovery, Faculty, Interview

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Professor Michael Danti Discover Magazine Interview

April 14th, 2014 in Archaeology, Discovery, Faculty, Graduate Student, Iraq

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.

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Professor Marston announces the formation of the Northeast Environmental Archaeology Network (NEEAN)

February 26th, 2014 in Archaeology, Archaeology Network, Environmental Archaeology, Faculty

The formation of a new regional professional organization for environmental archaeologists and other scholars interested in the history of human-environmental interactions, the Northeast Environmental Archaeology Network (NEEAN). A new regional professional organization of environmental archaeologists and other scholars interested in the history of human-environmental interactions worldwide. While it is based in the Northeastern US, the organization is open to any interested individual regardless of location of residence or region of research interest. The goals of the organization include networking between professionals and nascent professionals (graduate and undergraduate students) and opportunities for sharing knowledge and laboratory protocols, equipment, and facilities between organizations throughout the region.

The first meeting of the organization is at Boston University on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Meetings will provide an opportunity for members to bring materials for hands-on identification, to share methodological developments, and to discuss interdisciplinary approaches to research questions with a diverse array of scholars.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit:

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Professor Saturno describes the thrill of “the find”

January 24th, 2014 in Archaeology, Discoveries, Discovery, Faculty, Guatemala, You Tube

Boston University 2013 Annual Report



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Environmental Archaeology Laboratory launches website

January 13th, 2014 in Archaeology, Discovery, Environmental Archaeology, Events, Faculty, Graduate Student, Students

The Boston University Environmental Archaeology Lab is devoted to the study of human interactions with past environments, focusing on the analysis of archaeological plant and animal remains from sites worldwide spanning the Paleolithic to the recent historical period.  Click here to go to the site and check it out.

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NEW EPISODE 3: “Ask An Archaeologist !”

December 2nd, 2013 in Archaeology, Ask an Archaeologist, Discoveries, Discovery, Events, Faculty, Graduate Student, Research, Students, You Tube

Published on Oct 28, 2013

In this episode, Boston University’s Department of Archaeology’s Professor, Curtis Runnels, answers questions gathered from social media and man-on-the-street questions.

Ask an Archaeologist: Episode 3, Professor Curtis Runnels

To submit questions:
Email questions to with the subject “Ask An Archaeologist”.
Use #AskAnArchaeologist on Twitter or Facebook.
Tweet us directly @AmerSchOrietRes
Comment on our facebook page.

Friends of ASOR presents “Ask an Archaeologist,” a YouTube series dedicated to finding out what you and your students want to know about archaeology. Viewer submitted questions will be answered by professional archaeologists with years of experience.

“Ask An Archaeologist” provides reliable, entertaining, and educational information about archaeology in video form. It is also an opportunity to connect students with professional archaeologists.

We are currently, and always, accepting questions. This could be used as a group or individual activity challenging students to create interesting questions, answered by real archaeologists, and viewed by thousands of people around the world.


Ask an Archaeologist Promo – September 18, 2013 with Allison Ripley, AR Graduate Student

Ask an Archaeologist Episode 1 – September 18, 2013 with Professor Andrea Berlin

Ask an Archaeologist Episode 2 – October 8, 2013 with Dr. Travis Parno

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Professor Runnels wine cellar discovery interview

December 2nd, 2013 in Archaeology, Discoveries, Discovery, Faculty, Uncategorized

Curtis Runnels, an archaeologist at Boston University, called the finding significant not only in showing the sophistication of the wine, but also in suggesting that it was meant specifically for palace use. He noted that the chemical analysis showed each jar held wine from the same recipe, showing the “consistency and control you’d expect in a palace.”

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Professor Catherine West uncovers prehistoric fishing community

November 20th, 2013 in Archaeology, Discoveries, Discovery, Faculty

Archaeology Daily News article

Led by Boston University professor Catherine West, the expedition excavated a handful of ancient garbage dumps, searching for animal bones. By comparing the bones in the 3,000-year-old middens to wildlife today, West will be able to establish how American and Russian visitors changed the island’s ecosystem.




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