Marston – Archaeology

John Marston
Options: Volunteer Basis, Independent Funding Available, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

The BU Environmental Archaeology Laboratory, which investigates human impacts on environments and adaptations to climate change in the past, is looking for several student volunteers and research assistants to take part in hands-on archaeological research. Current research projects with availability for student participation include the following:

1) Microscopic photography and digital image analysis of ancient wheat seeds from a site in Turkey to identify different types of wheat grown at the site.
2) Strontium isotope analysis of sheep and goat teeth from Turkey to study the mobility of animal herds in response to climate change, using thermal ionization mass spectrometry.
3) Sorting and identification of archaeological seed samples from sites in Turkey, Israel, Bermuda, and China.

These opportunities include work for Prof. Marston and for several PhD students from the Department of Archaeology. Time commitments can vary from 3 to 10 hours per week for volunteers, with flexible scheduling, up to 20 hours per week for UROP trainees or students pursuing research for academic credit.

Opportunities are available during Summer Session I (volunteer only) and the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters (volunteer, work-study, for-credit, and UROP). Select lab volunteers may also be able to participate in funded archaeological field research during the summer of 2015.