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Katherine Brunson

Assistant Professor of Archaeology

284 High Street, 203

Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies


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BA Harvard University
MA University of California, Los Angeles
PHD University of California, Los Angeles

Katherine Brunson

Katherine Brunson is a zooarchaeologist who studies the origins of East Asia’s domesticated animals and the environmental impacts of animal domestication in China. You can read about her research and teaching on the Environmental Archaeology Lab website: http://ealab.wescreates.wesleyan.edu/  She is currently investigating the genetic relationships between domestic cattle and the extinct East Asian wild aurochs. Her research interests include ancient DNA, the origins of pastoralism in East Asia, extirpations and extinctions of China’s native mammals, oracle bones and the ritual aspects of animal domestication, bone artifact production techniques, and archaeological collections management. Dr. Brunson has participated in numerous archaeological survey and excavation projects across China and at the Maya site of Copan, Honduras. She also co-directs the online Oracle Bones in East Asia project on Open Context (opencontext.org). 

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Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays 2:45-4:30pm in Exley 351 or by appointment.


Spring 2023
ARCP 203 - 01
Ancient DNA and Archaeology

ARCP 350 - 01
Animals in Archaeology

Fall 2023
ARCP 204 - 01
Introduction to Archaeology

ARCP 291 - 01
East Asian Archaeology