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Katherine Brunson

Assistant Professor of Archaeology

284 High Street, 203

Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies

1 Vine Street,


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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 China’s domesticated animals and the environmental impacts of animal domestication in China. She is currently investigating the genetic relationships between domestic cattle and the extinct East Asian wild aurochs. She also co-directs the online Oracle Bones in East Asia project on Open Context (opencontext.org). 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. You can read about her research and teaching on the Environmental Archaeology Lab website: http://ealab.wescreates.wesleyan.edu/

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Fall 2022
ARCP 204 - 01
Introduction to Archaeology

ARCP 291 - 01
East Asian Archaeology

ARCP 310 - 01
Archaeological Theory