Katherine Brunson
Visiting Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Computational Molecular Biology (2018-2019); Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology and the Ancient World (2016-2018)

Katherine Brunson is a zooarchaeologist specializing in Chinese archaeology. She has participated in numerous archaeological fieldwork projects in China and at the Maya site of Copan, Honduras. Her research focuses on the ritual aspects of animal domestication, the origins of pastoralism in East Asia, ancient DNA, bone artifact production, archaeological collections management, and digital data publishing. She is currently investigating the origins of Chinese domestic cattle and the genetic relationship 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).

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