Visiting Assistant Professor in Biomolecular Archaeology
Katherine Brunson received her doctorate in Anthropology from UCLA in 2015. She is a zooarchaeologist specializing in Chinese archaeology who 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.