The Mogou Bioarchaeology Project: exploring health in the Chinese Bronze Age

Jenna M. Dittmar* (Corresponding Author), Elizabeth S. Berger, Ruilin Mao, Hui Wang, Hui-Yuan Yeh

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Bioarchaeological research provides unique insights on human adaptation, diet, lifestyle and epidemiology. The Mogou Bioarchaeology Project explores how health was affected by the Bronze Age transition in north-west China. Preliminary results reveal that the inhabitants experienced substantial physiological stress, infectious disease and lethal trauma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e15
Number of pages7
Issue number381
Early online date26 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding to carry out this research was provided by the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Chinese National Social Science Key Project Grant for The Mogou Cemetery Project: Multidisciplinary Research in Gansu Lintan (grant number: 18ZDA225); Banco Santander through the Santander Mobility Grant scheme at the University of Cambridge; Darwin College, Cambridge; the LieberthalRogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan; the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation; the Association for Asian Studies China and Inner Asia Council; and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Cobb Professional Development Grant programme.


  • China
  • Bronze Age
  • bioarchaeology
  • human adaptation


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