Professor Bard and Roosevelt Forbes Magazine article

October 1st, 2013 in Uncategorized

Robotic Snakes Slither Their Way Into Ancient Archaeology
Forbes Tech 9/30/13

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Archaeology Environment Lab Close UP in BU Today

September 25th, 2013 in BU Today

Nami Shin (CAS’15) and John Marston, a CAS archaeology and anthropology assistant professor, examine ancient seeds from Turkey, which can yield clues to agricultural norms during the Iron Age. Photo by Cydney Scott.  Click here to see.


“Ask An Archaeologist!” NEW EPISODE

September 23rd, 2013 in Interview, You Tube

Friends of ASOR present “Ask an Archaeologist,” a brand new YouTube series dedicated to finding out what you and your students want to know about Archaeology. The series is based on questions submitted by viewers. Viewer’s 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 a opportunity to connect students with professional archaeologists around the world.

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.

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.
We are also accepting video question submissions.


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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2013 Publications by BU Archaeology Alumni, Graduate Students, and Undergraduates

September 20th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Cheng, Chieh-fu GRS’17 and Ellen Hsieh, 2013 “The Archaeological Study of a Military Dependants Villages of Taiwan,” Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement.  Springer, New York.
Giron-Abrego, Mario GRS’18 “Un Posible Logograma AKAN en el Preclásico Tardío” was recently published (in Spanish) in the European Association of Mayanists journal notes called “WAYEB.”
Giron-Abrego, Mario GRS’18 “A Late Preclassic Distance Number” was recently published on The Precolumbian Art Research Institute (PARI) Journal (Vol. 13, No. 4).  Electronic version:
Hodge, Christina J. 2007, PhD “A Small Brick Pile for the Indians” The 1655 Harvard Indian College as Setting,” 2013, Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement.  Springer, New York.
Hutchins, Karen 2013, PhD “Movement and Liminality at the Margins: The Wandering Poor in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts,” 2013, Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement.  Springer, New York.
Keim, Alexander GRS’14 “In the Street: Personal Adornment and Movement in the Urban Landscapes of Boston,” 2013, Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement.  Springer, New York.
Mauer, Elizabeth CAS’15 “What Came Before Knitting: The Origins and Development of Nalbinding.” Journal of Undergraduate Anthropology. 2013:3 pg 65-74
Olson, Brandon R. GRS’15 and R. A. Placchetti, J. Quartermaine, and A. E. Killebrew, “The Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project (Akko, Israel): Assessing the Suitability of Multi-Scale 3D Field Recording in Archaeology,” Journal of Field Archaeology 38.3 (2013): 244-262
Olson, Brandon R. GRS’15 “The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project: A Preliminary Report on Excavations at Pyla-Vigla, A Fortified Settlement Dating to the Hellenistic Era,” Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 5.3 (2013): 74-82.
Olson, Brandon R. GRS’15 and Quartermaine, J.,  M. Howland, “Towards a Digital Record: Using Photogrammetry andGeographic Information Systems (GIS) to Draft Accurate Plans of Qazion,” Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 1 (2013): 169-174.
Olson, Brandon R. GRS’15 “Roman Infantry Helmets and Commemoration among Soldiers,” Vulcan 1 (2013): 1-17
Parno, Traivs 2013, PhD and Beaudry, Marcy C., eds., 2013, Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement.  Springer, New York.
Parno, Travis 2013, PhD “Historical Montage: An Approach to Material Aesthetics at Historic House Sites,” 2013, Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement.  Springer, New York.
Pecoraro, Luke GRS’14 and John F. Cherry, Krysta Ryzewski “A Kind of Sacred Place”: The Rock-and-Roll Ruins of AIR Studios, Montserrat,” 2013, Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement.  Springer, New York.
Ryzewski, Krysta CAS’01 and John F. Cherry, Luke Pecoraro “A Kind of Sacred Place”: The Rock-and-Roll Ruins of AIR Studios, Montserrat,” 2013, Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement.  Springer, New York.
Shea, John J. CAS’82 Stone Tools in the Paleolithic and Neolithic Near East: A Guide, published by Cambridge Univ. Press
Tartaron, Thomas F. 1996, PhD 2013, Maritime Networks in the Mycenaean World. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge


Arcangeli, Myriam [PhD 2012], A Ceramic Culture: Canaris, Cannes, and Other Pottery of Colonial Guadeloupe. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. Under review.

Fortenberry, Brent R. [PhD 2012], Public Space in an Atlantic Capital: Church and State in Early Modern St. George’s Bermuda. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. Under review.

Fortenberry, Brent R., Of Cedar and Stone: St. Peter’s, Bermuda’s Mother Church. Under contract with the National Museum of Bermuda, Somerset.

Hodge, Christina J. [PhD 2007], The Genteel Revolution: Foundations of the Middle Class in Colonial America. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Forthcoming 2014.

Beaudry, Mary C., and Karen Bescherer Metheny [PhD 2002], eds., Archaeology of Food: AnEncyclopedia. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD.

Jared Koller (GRS’19) recipient of the 2013 US State Department Critical Language Scholarship

September 17th, 2013 in awards, Students, Uncategorized

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.


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Stephanie Simms (GRS’13) Bostonia article on Ancient Maya Cooking Tips

September 12th, 2013 in Bostonia, Discoveries, Graduate Student, Mexico, Research, Students

Archaeologist Stephanie Simms was digging at the Escalera al Cielo site in a hilly region of rural Yucatán, Mexico, when she discovered a trove of clay balls the size of plums. There were hundreds of them, buried at the edge of what functioned as a Maya kitchen 1,000 years ago. Read more here

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Professor John Marston recipient of the 2013-2014 Career Development Professorship Award

September 9th, 2013 in awards, Faculty

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).


BU Today Article


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

September 4th, 2013 in Uncategorized

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

Paulo Medina (GRS’17) recipient of The Love of Learning Award

August 21st, 2013 in awards, Graduate Student

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.

Sarah Keklak (CAS’09, GRS’13) Brook Farm Exhibit

August 15th, 2013 in Alumni, BU Today, Discovery, Students

Today the site is a National Historic Landmark, and thousands of artifacts excavated from it more than two decades ago were haphazardly stored in 50 boxes at Boston’s City Archaeology Lab, just down the street from Brook Farm, where they sat untouched.  BU Today Article read more here.

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