Phyllis is an anthropological archaeologist whose broad interests include the manufacture and utilization of stone tools in prehistoric societies. 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. Phyllis has 10 years of experience in prehistoric archaeology, and the majority of her work has taken place in the eastern and southeastern United States. She worked full-time as a Project Manager for a Cultural Resource Management firm for six years after completing her M.A. Her methodological focus is primarily lithic analysis, but she is most interested in micro-archaeological methods (including usewear and microdebitage analyses) for studying patterns of prehistoric stone tool production, utilization, and exchange. Phyllis is also interested in using and testing experimental methodologies for exploring these patterns. Her doctoral research uses micro-archaeological methods to better understand the social, economic, and domestic relationships within and between commoner households at the Late Classic Maya site of Tamarindito in Guatemala.
2017 Rust Family Foundation Archaeological Research Grant ($3,500)
2017 Summer Research Award, Department of Anthropology ($3,000)
2017 CAA International Digital Archaeologies Conference Travel Grant