Dr. Gwen M. Robbins Schug

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. 2007 University of Oregon
M.A. 2000 University of Oregon
B.S. 1998 University of Oregon

Office Address: 320A Anne Belk Hall
Email: robbinsgm@appstate.edu
Website: http://www.appalachianbioanth.org/index.html
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., and H. Goldman. (2014) Birth is but our death begun: a bioarchaeological assessment of skeletal emaciation in immature human skeletons in the context of environmental, social, and subsistence transition. American Journal of Physical Anthropology TBD (Early View).

Bertrand, B., G. Robbins Schug, T. Colard, S. Naji, and C. Polet (2014) Age-at-death-Estimation in Pathological Individuals. A complementary approach using teeth cementum annulations. International Journal of Paleopathology TBD (Early View).

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.

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Physical Location

The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.

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