I am an archaeologist with a strong background in bioarchaeology, specializing in using stable isotope methods to address a range of interrelated anthropological and archaeological questions. I am particularly interested in issues such as gender, social differentiation/inequalities, subsistence economies, migration, cultural changes, and human/environment relationships. Over the past 10 years, I have been involved in archaeological projects spanning wide temporal and geographical ranges, including Neolithic Iran, Neolithic France, Bronze Age China, Roman Britain, Pre-contact Fiji, and many more.
Five key publications:
Cheung C and Szpak P 2020 Interpreting Past Human Diets Using Stable Isotope Mixing Models. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10816-020-09492-5
Cheung C, Zhang H, Hepburn JC, Yang DY, and Richards MP 2019 Stable Isotope and Dental Caries Data Reveal Rapid Adoption of Wheat in Ancient China. PLoS ONE 14(7):e0218943. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0218943
Cheung C, Burley DV, Phaff B, and Richards MP 2018 A Palaeomobility Study of the Multi-Period Site of Sigatoka, Fiji, using Strontium Isotope Analysis. Journal of archaeological Science: Reports 17: 762-774. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.12.016
Cheung C, Jing ZC, Tang JG, Weston D, and Richards MP 2017 Diets, Social Roles, and Geographical Origins of Sacrificial Victims at the Royal Cemetery at Yinxu, Shang China: New Evidence from Stable Carbon, Nitrogen, and Sulfur Isotope Analysis. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 48:28-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2017.05.006
Cheung C, Schroeder H, and Hedges REM 2012 Diet, Social Differentiation and Cultural Changes in Roman Britain: New Isotopic Evidence from Gloucestershire. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 4(1):61-73. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-011-0083-y