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Colby Phillips

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Research Keywords

  • Anthropology
  • Human Geography

Research Summary

The primary goal of my research is to identify and characterize the nature of social networks among the late-Holocene inhabitants of the Kuril Islands of the North Pacific Ocean by investigating the distribution of non-local obsidian across the island chain. In the Kuril Islands foraging groups lived for more than 4,000 years in an isolated environment prone to potentially catastrophic events including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Participation in social networks is one behavioral adaptation that arguably allowed these groups to maintain a degree of cultural resiliency in the face of challenges at various scales, from climate change to natural catastrophic events. The archaeological record of the Kuril Islands offers an opportunity to explore the importance of social networking and exchange in an insular environment.


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Primary Affiliation

University of Washington
Graduate Student
Dept. of Anthropology
Box 353100
United States of America

Phone: 206-354-3846

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