I am a bioarchaeologist, meaning I study human skeletal remains from archaeological sites as a source of evidence about the past. My specific interests include paleopathology, paleodemography, long bone ontogeny, bone biology and histology. The majority of my work is focused on understanding health and biocultural adaptations of human populations in South Asian prehistory. Click on the images above to see descriptions of my current research projects and teaching materials.
Here are links to my publications:
Robbins Schug G, S Gupta, LW Cowgill, PW Sciulli and S Blatt. (2013) Panel regression formulas for stature and body mass estimation in immature human skeletons, without reference to specific age estimates. Journal of Archaeological Science 40 (7):3076-3086. PDF
Robbins Schug G, KM Gray, V Mushrif-Tripathy, and AR Sankhyan. (2012) A Peaceful Realm? Trauma and social differentiation at Harappa. International Journal of Paleopathology 2 (2-3):136-147. PDF
Robbins Schug G, E Brandt and JR Lukacs. (2012) Cementum Annulations, Age Estimation, and Demographic Dynamics in a Mid-Holocene Cemetery, India. Homo (2) 63:94-109. PDF
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. PDF and Correction
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. PDF and erratum
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. PDF part 1; PDF part 2
Robbins G., P. Sciulli, and S. Blatt (2010) Estimating Body Mass in Subadult Human Skeletons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143(1):146-150. PDF
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. PDF; Metrics
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.
In Revision, Submitted, or in Preparation
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. 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. Climate and Culture Change in South Asian prehistory. To be submitted to Journal of World Prehistory. In prep.
Cowgill LW and G Robbins Schug. Nutritional deprivation, body mass, and long bone robusticity in the immature skeleton. To be submitted to the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. In prep.
Whyte T, G Robbins Schug, KC Seramur, K Staley, CR Moore, JT Thacker, and E Brandt. Of skulls and sororities: a multidisciplinary investigation of Boone Cemetery, Watauga County, North Carolina. In prep.