Dr. Elissa Bullion

Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

Central Asian archaeology, bioarchaeology, mortuary archaeology, social identity and kinship, early Islam, urbanism

Curriculum Vitae

Elissa Bullion received her PhD in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. Her dissertation work examined social identity and interaction in medieval Uzbekistan through an analysis of early Islamic burial practices and kinship networks. Elissa holds an MA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Middlebury College. 

As a post-doctoral researcher, Elissa is examining health and disease in medieval Central Asia, focusing on differences between rural and urban populations. She is currently the director of bioarchaeology for the ARQ (Archaeological Research of the Qarakhanids) Project in Uzbekistan. In this role, Elissa continues to direct field excavations of the cemetery at the site of Tashbulak. 

Elissa has broad interest in social identity and interaction across Eurasia, and is involved in diverse projects examining the movement of domesticates, people, and ideas along the Silk Roads. 

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