John Marston— 2010 Graduate Student Paper Award, First Prize
At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, the Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to award to John Marston of the University of California, Los Angeles, the first prize for the best graduate student paper delivered at the 111th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America held in Anaheim, California, January 6-9, 2010.
The winning paper was entitled “Agricultural Strategies and Risk Management at Gordion”. The all around excellence of Mr. Marston’s paper and presentation were noteworthy. Most impressive was the integration of the archaeological and environmental evidence into a convincing and cogent scientific argument. His presentation demonstrated a synthesis of word and image that kept the audience engaged and interested. The question and answer session that followed showed the enthusiasm for his paper but also proved his ability to respond extemporaneously in meaningful and thoughtful ways.