Laboratoire méditerranéen de préhistoire Europe Afrique (LAMPEA) — UMR 7269 — Université d’Aix-Marseille, CNRS, INRAP

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CHEUNG Christina — Post-Doctorante

ANR Post-Doctoral fellowship
At LAMPEA from May 2019 to February 2020

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Topic of ANR Program NEOGENRE

Gender relations in the Neolithic period : biology, societies, symbols (PI A. Thomas, MNHN, Paris)
The NEOGENRE project aims to understand the role of sexual dimorphism in the functioning of European Neolithic populations, among the first complex, ostensibly hierarchical societies (5th millennium BC).
I am involved in the part of the project focusing on the dietary changes between two regions, the Parisian and Rhenan Basin, using a multi-isotopic approach (in collaboration with E. Herrscher).
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Member of Program P3

Research themes

- I am an anthropological archaeologist with a strong background in bioarchaeology, specializing in the use of stable carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and strontium isotope analysis to reconstruct different aspects of past lifeways.
 My main research interests include palaeodietary reconstruction ; migration ; seasonality ; social differentiation ; subsistence economy ; population dynamics ; and palaeopathology.
 Beyond my background in isotopic research, I also have a wide range of hands-on experience in different aspects of archaeological science, including starch analysis, radiocarbon dating, as well as aDNA analysis.
 In terms of geographical regions, I have worked in sites spanning vast geographic, cultural, and temporal domains, for example Bronze Age China, Roman Britain, Roman Sicily, prehistoric Fiji, Medieval Austria, and Neolithic Iran.

Participation to International Projects

 Human and Social Dynamics of Early Bronze Age China : An Interdisciplinary Program (dir. by JG Tang, CASS, Beijing, China, and ZC Jing, UBC, Vancouver, Canada).

Other skills

 BioArCh, University of York, UK - Starch analysis, supervised by Dr. Karen Hardy, 2008
 Centre of Geogenetics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark - aDNA analysis, supervised by Dr. Tom Gilbert


- ARCH131 - Human Origins, Simon Fraser University, Canada (2019 Spring term)

Recent Publications

 Cheung C, Burley DV, Phaff B, Richards MP 2018. A Palaeomobility Study of a Multi-Period Site at Sigatoka, Fiji, Using Strontium Isotope Analysis. Journal of Archaeological Sciences : Reports 17 : 762-774.
 Cheung C, Richards MP 2018. Isotopenanalyse an den Knochen der Heiligen vom Hemmaberg [Isotope Analysis on the Bones of Saints from the Hemmaberg]. In : Die Heilige vom Hemmaberg – Cold Case einer Reliquie, S. Ladstätter & M. Binder (eds.) Vienna, pp. 87-90.
 Cheung C 2018. The Chinese History that is Written in Bone. Sapiens 23 Jan 2018, (Reprinted in American Scientist 106 (3) : 133-134)
 Brundke N, Eichert S, Cheung C & Richards M 2017. Die Arpadenzeitlichen Bestattungendes Oberleiserbergs (Niederösterreich). Erste Ergebnisse der Interdisziplinären Analyse [Arpadian Age Burials from Oberleiserberg (Lower Austria). First Results of an Interdisciplinary Analysis]. Acta Archaeologica Carpathica 52 : 169-207
 Cheung C. Jing ZC, Tang JG & Richards MP 2017. Social Dynamics in Early Bronze Age China : A Multi-Isotope Approach. Journal of Archaeological Sciences : Reports 16 : 90-101.
 Cheung C, Jing ZC, Tang JG, Weston DA & Richards MP 2017. Diets, Social Roles, and Geographical Origins of Sacrificial Victims at the Royal Cemetery in Yinxu, Shang China : New Evidence from Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 48 : 28-45.
 Cheung C, Jing ZC, Tang JG, Yue ZW & Richards MP 2017. Examining Social and Cultural Differentiation in Late Bronze Age China using Stable Isotope Analysis and Mortuary Patterns of Human Remains at Xin’anzhuang, Yinxu. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 9(5) : 799-816
 Cheung C, Schroeder H & Hedges REM 2012. Diet, Social Differentiation and Cultural Change in Roman Britain : New Isotopic Evidence from Gloucestershire. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 4 : 61-73.