Emily Johnson

Graduate Student



Research Interests:

  • Archaeology
  • Mesoamerica
  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Foodways
  • Residue analysis
  • Nixtamalization


Emily Johnson is a Mesoamerican paleoethnobotanist who has conducted excavations and/or analyses of archaeological sites in Turkey, Guatemala, Mexico, and throughout the United States.

Emily received her B.A. in Archaeology in 2017 from Boston University under the mentorship of Dr. John "Mac" Marston; her current research is focused on investigating the timing, spread, and development of the nixtamalization process throughout ancient Mesoamerica.



2020. Johnson, Emily S. and John M. Marston. The Experimental Identification of Starch Spherulites from Nixtamalized Maize Residue. Journal of Archaeological Science 113:105056. DOI:10.1016/j.jas.2019.105056. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2019.105056