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Phyllis Johnson

Doctoral candidate (Prehistoric archaeology, Lithic Analysis, Multi-agent theory)

Phyllis is an anthropological archaeologist who uses archaeometric and computational methods to better understand ancient life. Before joining the Anthropology program at Vanderbilt in 2016, she graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee with an M.A. in Anthropology and worked as a Project Manager for a Cultural Resource Management firm for 5 years. Phyllis has archaeological field and lab experience in the eastern United States and Mesoamerica. Her current doctoral research uses the analysis of stone tool production to examine multi-actor social systems at the Late Classic Maya capital of Tamarindito. More specifically, Phyllis is using the spatial analysis of microdebitage to examine sitewide and household divisions of labor, interdependence, and competition within multiple socio-economic strata.

Awards and Fellowships: Mellon Digital Humanities Graduate Fellowship, 2018-19 Professional Development Award, Department of Anthropology, 2018 Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Technology Alliance Collaboratory Fellowship (HASTAC), 2017-18 Digital Humanities Summer Institute Award, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017 Rust Family Foundation Archaeological Research Grant, 2017 Summer Research Award, Department of Anthropology, 2017 CAA International Digital Archaeologies Conference Travel Grant, 2017


Prehistoric archaeology, Lithic Analysis, Multi-agent theory