Dr. John (Mac) Marston


John Marston is an Assistant Professor in Boston University’s Department of Archaeology and the director of BU Environmental Archaeology Laboratory. He received his PhD in Archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2010 and was a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University. Mac studies the long-term sustainability of agriculture and land use, especially in the Mediterranean and western Asia, through the analysis of archaeological plant remains. His research focuses on how people make decisions about land use within changing economic, social, and environmental settings, and how those decisions affect the environment at local and regional scales. He is an editor of the book Method and Theory in Paleoethnobotany (University Press of Colorado, 2014) and author of the forthcoming book Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Change at Ancient Gordion (University of Pennsylvania Museum Press, 2017). He is also co-editor of the academic journal Ethnobiology Letters.