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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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April 12th 2017:Climate Change and Archaeology

In this episode we explore the role of archaeology in climate science, examining contemporary and ancient climate change. Our guests, Assistant Professor Dr. John Marston at Boston University’s Department of Archaeology and the Director of the BU Environmental Archaeology Laboratory, and Dr. Catherine West, Research Assistant Professor and the Director of the BU Zooarchaeology Lab, join Dr. Schuldenrein to discuss their cutting-edge research and methodologies. Pertinent and illuminating, Drs. Marston, West and Schuldenrein explore archaeology’s value to climate science and the affect contempor

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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
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Dr. Catherine West

Catherine West is a Research Assistant Professor in Boston University’s Department of Archaeology and the director of BU Zooarchaeology Lab. She received her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Washington in 2009 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural History Museum. Catherine’s research focuses on the effects of Holocene climate change and human-animal interactions on prehistoric subsistence in coastal Alaska, and how the archaeological record can be applied to contemporary environmental issues. She is a member of the National Science Foundation's New Generation of Polar Researchers, and her work is funded by the National Geographic Society and the Na
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