Dr. Gwen M. Robbins Schug

[on research leave, spring 2014]
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D. 2007 University of Oregon
M.A. 2000 University of Oregon
B.S. 1998 University of Oregon

Office Address: 401 Sanford Hall
Email: robbinsgm@appstate.edu
Website: http://www.appalachianbioanth.org/index.html
Phone: 828-262-7505
Fax: 828-262-2982

Areas of Research/Interest

Bioarchaeology, human growth and development, bone biology, histology, human-environment interactions, paleodemography, South Asian Prehistory; India.


Our Primate Heritage, Biological Anthropology, Human Biological Variation, Human Osteology, Bioarchaeology, Human Evolution, Paleoanthropology of South Asia


Gwen Robbins Schug is a bioarchaeologist with research focused on South Asian prehistory.

  • Robbins Schug, G., K. Elaine Blevins, Brett Cox, Kelsey Gray, and V. Mushrif-Tripathy. (2013) Infection, Disease, and Biosocial Process at the End of the Indus Civilization. PLOS ONE 0084814. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0884814.
  • Robbins Schug, G., S. Gupta, L.W. Cowgill, P.W. Sciulli, and S. Blatt. (2013) Panel Regression Formulas for Stature and Body Mass Estimation in Immature Skeletons, without Reference to Specific Age Estimates. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(7):3076-3086.
  • Robbins Schug, G., E. Brandt, and J.R. Lukacs. (2012) Cementum Annulations, Age Estimation, and Demographic Dynamics in a Mid-Holocene Cemetery, India. Homo 63(2):94-109.
  • Robbins Schug, G., K.M. Gray, V. Mushrif-Tripathy, and A.R. Sankhyan. (2012) A Peaceful Realm? Trauma and Social Differentiation at Harappa. International Journal of Paleopathology 2(2-3):136-147.
  • Robbins G. (2011) Don't Throw Out the Baby with the Bathwater: Estimating Fertility from Subadult Skeletons. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21(6):717-722.
  • Robbins Schug G. and K. Gray. (2011) Bone Histology and Identification of a Starvation Diet. In: Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Party's Alder Creek Camp, eds. Dixon, K., J. Schablitsky, and S. Novak, eds. Arthur H. Clark Co., University of Oklahoma Press.
  • Sankhyan, A.K. and G. Robbins Schug. (2011) First Evidence of Brain Surgery in Bronze Age Harappa. Current Science 100 (11):16-21.
  • Robbins Schug G. (2011) Bioarchaeology and climate change: a view from South Asian prehistory. University Press Florida in the book series: Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Human Past: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives, Clark Larsen (series editor).
  • Dixon K., S. Novak, G. Robbins, J. Schablitsky, R. Scott , and G.Tasa. (2010) Men, Women, and Children are Starving: Archaeology of the Donner Family Camp. American Antiquity 75(3):627-656.
  • Robbins G., P. Sciulli, and S. Blatt (2010) Estimating Body Mass in Subadult Human Skeletons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143(1):146-150.
  • Robbins G., V. Mushrif, V.N. Misra, R.K. Mohanty, V.S. Shinde, K.M.Gray, and M.D. Schug (2009) Ancient skeletal evidence for Leprosy in India (2000 B.C.). Plos One e5669.
  • Robbins G., V. Mushrif, V.N. Misra, R.K. Mohanty, and V.S. Shinde (2007) Adult skeletal material from Balathal: A full report and inventory. Man and Environment XXXII(2: December):1-26.
  • Robbins G., V. Mushrif, V.N. Misra, R.K. Mohanty, and V.S. Shinde (2006) Biographies of the Skeleton: Pathological Patterns at Balathal. Man and Environment XXXI(2: December):150-165.
  • Robbins G., V.D. Misra, J.N. Pal, and M.C. Gupta (2004) Mesolithic Damdama: Dental Histology and Age Estimation. India: Allahabad University Press. OCLC: 60453955.

Other Contributions (not peer-reviewed)

  • Robbins Schug G. and S. Lappan. (2011) Our Primate Heritage Lab Manual. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt.
  • Robbins G. (2008) Fertility and Infertility. In: Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Smith, B., ed. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Robbins G. (2008) Demography- an overview. In: Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Smith, B., ed. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Under Review or In Preparation

  • Robbins Schug G, S Gupta, LW Cowgill, PW Sciulli and S Blatt. (under review) Panel Regression Formulas for Stature and Body Mass Estimation in Immature Human Skeletons, without Reference to Specific Age Estimates. Submitted to the Journal of Archaeological Science.
  • Robbins Schug G. (submitted) The human skeletal remains from Megalithic Dhamna. Invited contribution to Recent Research Trends in Vidarbha Archaeology in honour of Dr. K. Ismail, retired professor, Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Nagpur University.
  • Robbins Schug G, AR Sankhyan, R Chakravarty, and V Mushrif (in prep) The Laughing Harappans: myth and the legacy of structural violence. To be submitted to the International Journal of Paleopathology.
  • Robbins Schug G. Invited book review for Man and Environment:"Megalithic Builders of South India: Archaeo-anthropological investigations on human skeletal remains from Kodumanal". By Veena Mushrif-Tripathy, K. Rajan, and S.R. Walimbe (2011). Bhopal: Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya. In prep.
  • Robbins Schug G. (in prep) Climate and Culture Change in South Asian prehistory. To be submitted to Journal of World Prehistory.
  • Cowgill LW and G Robbins Schug. (in prep) Nutritional deprivation, body mass, and long bone robusticity in the immature skeleton. To be submitted to the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • Whyte T, G Robbins Schug, KC Seramur, K Staley, CR Moore, JT Thacker, and E Brandt. (in prep) Of skulls and sororities: a multidisciplinary investigation of Boone Cemetery, Watauga County, North Carolina.