Faculty » Elizabeth Berger

Elizabeth Berger Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2017, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Office: 1312 Watkins Hall
E-mail: elizabeth.berger[at]ucr[dot]edu

Dr. Berger is a bioarchaeologist whose work focuses on human-environment interaction and adaptation to climate change in ancient China. Specifically, she uses theoretical frameworks from human ecology, such as resilience theory, to understand the relationships between climate change, diet, mobility, and human health and demography. Her primary area of interest is the Bronze Age of Northwest China, where human groups developed diverse agropastoral food production strategies in response to both climate change and increased intergroup contact and economic specialization. She has worked on excavations in several countries, and examined skeletal collections with a number of collaborating institutions in China. Dr. Berger is currently a co-investigator of the Mogou Bioarchaeology Project in Gansu. In addition, she has a secondary area of interest in the social bioarchaeology of foot binding in Ming and Qing dynasty China.


2019 (in press)
Dittmar, J, Berger E, Zhan X, Mao R, Wang H, Yeh H. Violent trauma and intergroup conflict: Skeletal evidence from the Bronze Age Qijia Culture (2,300-1,500 BCE), Gansu Provence, China. International Journal of Paleopathology.

Berger, E, Yang L, Ye W. Foot binding in a Ming Dynasty cemetery near Xi’an, China. International Journal of Paleopathology 24: 79-88.

Berger, E, Pechenkina K. Bioarchaeology of China: Bridging biological and archaeological inquiries. In O Donnabhain, B, Lozada CMC, eds., Archaeological Human Remains, Vol. 2. Springer.

Berger, E, Wang H. Bioarchaeology of adaptation to a marginal environment in the Bronze Age Hexi Corridor of Western China. American Journal of Human Biology 29(4).