Yu Dong




Institute of Cultural Heritage, Shandong University

72 Binhai Rd, Jimo, Qingdao, 266237, Shandong Province, China



Ph. D. in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign (UIUC), 2013

M.A. in Archaeometry, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2006

B.A. in Archaeometry, University of Science and Technology of China, 2004

B.S. in Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, 2003


Stable isotope analysis, Neolithic and Bronze Age China, the development of complex societies, the development of agriculture, gender archaeology


2017.09- present Professor, Institute of Cultural Heritage, Shandong University, China

2013.10-2017.08 Assistant Professor, School of History and Culture, Shandong University

2018.08-2019.01 Visiting Scholar, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, UK

2016.02-2016.08 Visiting Postdoc, GeoGenetics Center, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


2020 Frist Prize, Excellent achievement award of social sciences, Shandong Province

2019 Third Prize, Excellent achievement award of social sciences, Shandong Province


2018 Visiting Fellowship, British Academy

2018 Marsden Fund, Royal Society, New Zealand (co-PI with three other professors)

2017 National Natural Science Foundation of China

2014 The Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry

2012  Dissertation Completion Grant, Graduate College, UIUC

2011 The Wenner-Gren Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

2010 Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Grants in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History, for dissertation research


Archaeological Sciences

GIS in Archaeology

Seminar on Archaeological Theories


Edited Volume

Fengshi Luan, Fen Wang, Yu Dong (editors)

2017  Longshan Culture and Early Civilizations under Comparative Perspectives. Cultural Relics Press, Beijing (in Chinese).

Selected Journal Articles

Dong, Yu*, Xiaoguang Bi, Rubi Wu, Eric J. Belfield, Nicholas P. Harberd, Bent T. Christensen, Mike Charles, and Amy Bogaard.

2022 The potential of stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of foxtail and broomcorn millets for investigating ancient farming systems. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13:1018            312 .

Christensen, Bent T., Johannes L. Jensen, Yu Dong, and Amy Bogaard.

2022 Manure for millet: Grain δ15N values as indicators of prehistoric cropping intensity of Panicum miliaceum and Setaria italica. Journal of Archaeological Science 139:105           554.

Dong, Yu#,*, Songtao Chen#, Stanley H Ambrose, Anne Underhill, Xue Ling, Mingkui Gao, Zhenguang Li, Fengshi Luan, Guiyun Jin.

2021 Social and environmental factors influencing dietary choices among Dawenkou culture sites, Late Neolithic China. The Holocene, 521: 44-53.

Miller, Melanie J*, Yu Dong*, Kate Pechenkina, Wenquan Fan, Sian E Halcrow.

2020 Raising girls and boys in early China: Stable isotope data reveal sex differences in weaning and childhood diets during the eastern Zhou era. American Journal of Physical            Anthropology, 172: 567-585.

Songtao Chen, Qiuwei Yu, Mingkui Gao, Melanie Miller, Guiyun Jin*, Yu Dong*

2019 Dietary evidence of incipient social stratification at the Dawenkou type site, China. Quaternary International 521: 44–53.

Dong, Yu, Liugen Lin, Xiaoting Zhu, Fengshi Luan, Anne P Underhill

2019   Mortuary ritual and social identities during the late Dawenkou period in China. Antiquity 93: 378–392.

Dong, Yu, Chelsea Morgan, Yurii Chinenov, Ligang Zhou, Wenquan Fan, Xiaolin Ma, and Kate Pechenkina

2017  Shifting diets and the rise of male-biased inequality on the Central Plains of China during Eastern Zhou. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(5): 932–93            7.

Dong, Yu, and Fengshi Luan

2017 Thoughs on the social organization of late Dawenkou cultureevidences from DNA and stable isotopes. Kaogu 2017(7): 98-107 (in Chinese).

Dong, Yu, and Hui Fang

2017 The chemical identification and provenance study of cinnabar remains from pre-Qin sites. Dongnan Wenhua 259: 89-95 (in Chinese).

Dong, Yu, Chunxiang Li, Fengshi Luan, Zhenguang Li, Hongjie Li, Yinqiu Cui, Hui Zhou, and Ripan S Malhi

2015   Low mitochondrial DNA diversity in an ancient population from China: Insight into social organization at the Fujia site. Human Biology 87(1): 71–84.

Dong, Yu, Kristin Hedman, Eve Hargrave.

2010   Health and diet at the Drda site (11MS32), Madison County, Illinois. Illinois Archaeology 22(2): 668-689.

Dong, Yu, Yaowu Hu, Quanchao Zhang, Yaping Cui, Li Guan, Changsui Wang, Xin Wan

2007 Stable isotopic analysis on human bones of Lamadong site, Beipiao, Liaoning Prov. Acta Anthropologica Sinica 26(1): 77-84 (in Chinese).

Jayasingha, Priyanta, Yu Dong, Changsui Wang, and Rui Wen.

2006 Preliminary study on provenance of ceramics found in Mantai (Sri Lanka). Archaeology and Cultural Relics 155 (3): 76-81 (in Chinese).

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