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Sara Belkin (GRS’15) and Jenny Wildt (GRS’14) introduce high school students to archaeology

September 4th, 2013

BU Today article

This summer, ….. high school students from the Wakefield Summer Archaeology Institute, led by Boston University doctoral candidates Jenny Wildt (GRS’14) and Sara Belkin (GRS’15). The group took part in a two-week archaeological dig at the site, which was settled in 1707.  Read more and see video

Knapping Rocks, Bostonia Article

July 31st, 2013

Archaeology students make stone tools with stone tools

Eight people sit in a circle, mostly mute, intently cutting or chopping chunks of obsidian on their laps with tools—which, like the obsidian, are stone. Occasional banter and a chorus of chip-chip-chip-CRACK break the quiet, … Click here for more

National Science Foundation Grant Award Recipients

July 24th, 2013

Professors Christopher Roosevelt and Christina Luke, co-Principal Investigators, awarded National Science Foundation for their research, Cultural Dynamics and Overlapping Interaction Spheres in the Marmara Lake Basin, Western Turkey, $202,124

Professor David Carballo,  awarded National Science Foundation Grant for his research, Urbanism, Neighborhood Organization, and Domestic Economy at the Tlajinga District, Teotihuacan, Mexico, $188,238

Research Assistant Professor Francisco Estrada-Belli, awarded National Science Foundation Grant for his research, Environmental Dynamics in the Southern Maya Lowlands: A Network of High Resolution, Multi-Proxy Reconstructions of Prehispanic Biomass Burning and Environmental Change, $77,795.

Kathryn Ness, graduate student, Professor Mary Beaudry, Principal Investigator, awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, An Archaeological Investigation of Culture and Social Display in the 18th-c. Spanish-Atlantic World, $22,000.  Kathryn has also been awarded a short-term Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship from Boston University.  These awards will support Kathryn’s dissertation fieldwork and research in Spain and Florida.

Kaoru (Kay) Ueda, graduate student, Professor Robert Murowchick, Principal Investigator, awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, An Archaeological Investigation of Colonial Encounters: Dutch and Bantenese Food and Foodways in the 17th/18th century CE Sultanate of Banten, Java, Indonesia, $24,585.00.

Brent Fortenberry (GRS’13) awarded the Bermuda National Trust DeForest Trimingham Award

June 16th, 2013

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.

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Visit the Mary M.B. Wakefield Summer Archaeology Institute

June 11th, 2013

The Wakefield Estate’s Summer Archaeology Institute is designed for high school students interested in learning about archaeology and local history. Participants conduct an actual archaeological excavation on site under the direction of graduate students from Boston University. The institute is a two-week course that includes a field trip to visit other active archaeological sites in the Boston area.

There are two sessions offered for the summer of 2013:

Session I: July 8 -July 19; M-F 9am-3pm
Session II: July 22-August 2; M-F, 9am-3pm

For more information and an application to register for the 2013 institute, call 617-333-0924 or email us at

Hank Lutton, archaeology graduate student shares his research

May 26th, 2013

Here are several photos from Hank Lutton’s current excavation on behalf of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Va. He is supervising Phase II of an extant ca. 1760 brick dwelling house, the Rabon-Saunders House on Ireland Street. While most of the historic stratigraphy has been displaced by late nineteenth and twentieth-century activities, they have recovered evidence of several outbuildings including a largely intact 8 by 10 foot brick footing for an eighteenth-century outbuilding, a fourth quarter nineteenth-century chimney base, a large, oblong, and enigmatic eighteenth-century pit feature they are still trying to ascertain the purpose of, a large eighteenth-century chimney base presumably from the original kitchen, and a ca. 1835-40 brick bat walkway. The attached files includes photos of several members of the crew and Hank with the eighteenth-century kitchen chimney base and second quarter nineteenth-century brick bat walkway. One shot shows the relationship with the house–which clearly leads from what would have been the original back door and cellar entrance to seal the earlier kitchen. The profile of Hank (taken by Rob Hunter (of “Ceramics in America” fame) shows him displaying a mid-twentieth-century Coca-Cola bottle manufactured in Bangor, Maine with the eighteenth-century Rabon-Saunders dwelling house behind Hank.


Hank holding bottle

Hank holding bottle

Walk kitchen house

Walk kitchen house

kitchen and walk

kitchen and walk

Kristen Wroth is the 2012/13 Teaching Fellow Excellence Award Winner

May 7th, 2013

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.

Wroth TF Award

Chair, Professor Mary Beaudry, Kristen Wroth, and Professor John Marston.

Contribute to the Chad DiGregorio Fund

April 25th, 2013

To contribute to the Chad DiGregorio Fund, please click here.

More information about this fund can be found here.

John J. Shea (CAS’1982) has a new book

April 3rd, 2013

Professor John J. Shea, awarded BA of Archaeology from BU CAS 1982 has just published another book.  Professor Shea is a full professor at Stony Brook University, Anthropology Department & Turkana Basin Institute.

Stone Tools in the Paleolithic and Neolithic Near East: A Guide, published by Cambridge Univ. Press.



Professors Roosevelt and Luke make headlines with Hexacopter test

March 29th, 2013

Professor Christopher Roosevelt tested his latest research tool: a remote-controlled hexacopter.  The small six-rotor flying tool, equipped with a camera, will be used in Turkey by the Central Lydia Archaeological Survey, a Boston University archaeological project under the co-direction of Christopher Roosevelt, associate professor of archaeology,  and Christina Luke, senior lecturer in archaeology.


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BU Arts and Science article, March 28, 2013 click for more

e Science News on PHYS ORG article, March 29, 2013 click for more