The Archaeology Department at Boston University is unique in the United States in that it is a department of archaeologists and specialists who apply their skill to archaeological problems, rather than being a sub-discipline within another department. We believe that archaeology is a discipline in its own right, closely related to, but separate from anthropology, classics, art history or history. We encourage, and in some cases require our students to take courses in these areas, among others, but their degrees are in archaeology and the majority of their courses are taken within this department.
Our faculty members come from diverse backgrounds with degrees in classics, anthropology, and geology so that within our own teaching we bring this diversity and breadth to the classroom. In turn, our alumni have gone into a variety of academic and related positions upon graduation. It is the nature of Archaeology today that it is an interdisciplinary study and we strive to instill this breadth into our students’ education.
Department chair: Curtis Runnels
Campus address: 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 347
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(Elsevier BV, 2020-12)Paleoenvironmental reconstructions of hominin fossil localities and archaeological sites are a critical component of understanding the selective pressures involved in the biological and behavioral evolution of our ancestors. ...
(Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2019-08)The plant component of Neanderthal subsistence and technology is not well documented, partially due to the preservation constraints of macrobotanical components. Phytoliths, however, are preserved even when other plant ...
(Biblical Archaeology Society, 2019-11-01)According to one of the Zenon papyri, In 259 BCE the Ptolemaic courier Zenon stopped at the site of Kedesh, located today in northern Israel, to pick up some flour. In our excavations at this site from 1999-2011, we uncovered ...
(Elsevier BV, 2019-12)Investigating the development of Holocene behavioral adaptations requires knowing how and why different human groups are distributed on the landscape. An expanded dataset of site-specific environmental and habitat ...
(2017-02-24)Global Food+ 2017 is an event open to all that will feature an afternoon of “speed talk” presentations by two dozen top scholars in the Boston area. This event will highlight current research findings at the important nexus ...
Ends and beginnings: political change and daily life at Sardis in Late Classical and Early Hellenistic times The fame of Sardis is tied to its history as a royal city, beginning in the 7th century BC and continuing down into the 3rd century BC, when the city was made the capital of the Seleucid province of Cis-Tauric Asia. This ...
(Oxford University Press, 2016)Obsidian was the primary lithic or stone material used for cutting activities in Aztec society, including domestic food production, craft production, hunting, warfare, and ritual. The demands of millions of consumers within ...