Katherine Brunson

Assistant Prof of Archaeology

Downey House, 294 High Street, 122

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 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.

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Spring 2020: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:10-5:15pm in Exley 351


Fall 2020
ARCP 204 - 01
Introduction to Archaeology

ARCP 291 - 01
East Asian Archaeology

Spring 2021
ARCP 203 - 01
Ancient DNA and Archaeology

ARCP 350 - 01
Animals in Archaeology