Sara Juengst

Sara Juengst

Associate Professor
Barnard 247


Dr. Sara Juengst is an assistant professor at UNC Charlotte. She specializes in bioarchaeology and Andean archaeology. She has conducted research in Bolivia and Peru and plans to begin a project in Ecuador in Summer 2017. She has also worked locally, assisting with field projects in the Southeastern United States when possible. Dr. Juengst is particularly interested in using human skeletal remains to investigates people’s identities and social structures in the past. She has also worked with human remains to evaluate past medical practices (trepanation or skull surgery) and violence levels within past Andean populations.

Juengst Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Department of Anthropology 2015
  • BA, Vanderbilt University – Department of Anthropology 2008


  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution
  • Food, Nutrition, and Culture
  • Human Osteology
  • Race and Anthropology
  • Bioarchaeology topics courses


  • Bioarchaeology
  • Paleopathology
  • Andean archaeology
  • Archaeology of community and identity


  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Mellon Funding for Latin American Studies
  • Timothy P. Mooney Fellowship
  • National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration Young Explorer’s Grant
  • Tinker Improvement Grant


  • Juengst, Sara L. and Becker, Sara K. 2017 The Bioarchaeology of Community. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association (AP3A), Volume 28, in press.
  • Juengst, Sara L., Sergio J. Chávez, Dale Hutchinson, and Stanislava Chávez. 2016 Late Preceramic Forager-Herders from the Copacabana Peninsula in the Titicaca Basin of Bolivia: a Bioarchaeological Analysis. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. doi: 10.1002/oa.2566.
  • Juengst, Sara L. and Maeve Skidmore 2016 Health at the Edge of the Wari Empire: Skeletal Analyses from Hatun Cotuyoc, Peru. Andean Past Vol. 12:101-131.
  • Juengst, Sara L., Sergio J. Chávez, Dale Hutchinson, and Karen Mohr Chávez. 2015 Trauma in the Titicaca Basin, Bolivia, during the Late Intermediate Period (AD 1000 – 1450). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. doi: 10.1002/oa.2469.
  • Juengst, Sara L. and Sergio J. Chávez 2015 Three Trepanned Skulls from the Copacabana Peninsula in the Titicaca Basin (200 BC – AD 1000). International Journal of Paleopathology Vol. 9: 20-27.