Katherine Brunson’s primary concentration is zooarchaeology of China, with a secondary field of Mesoamerican archaeology. In her dissertation, Craft Specialization and Animal Products at the Longshan Period Sites of Taosi and Zhoujiazhuang, Shanxi Province, China, she compares the zooarchaeological records at two important Chinese archaeological sites and examines how domestic sheep and cattle were introduced to China ca. 2000 BC. Kate will be spending the 2015-2016 academic year at Harvard University as an An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Her research will focus on methods for differentiating between Chinese domestic cattle and wild aurochs using skeletal morphology, bone stable isotopes, and ancient DNA. Additional ongoing fieldwork projects include database design and data collection for the Oracle Bone Project on Open Context (with Zhipeng Li at the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Rowan Flad at Harvard University) and fieldwork for the multi-year Instituto Hondureño Antropología e Historia (IHAH) and Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (IA CASS) project at the Maya site of Copan, Honduras (under Xinwei Li and Jorge Ramos).
B. A. (2007) Anthropology, Harvard University
Ph.D. (2015) Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles