How Oceanographic Effects Influenced the Prehistoric Colonization of Islands: A Caribbean – Pacific Comparison
Assoc. Prof. Scott Fitzpatrick
Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of Oregon
For many island societies worldwide, the acquisition and exchange of prized resources was fundamental to developing and maintaining social, political, and economic relationships. The patchiness of resources like stone, clay, tempering agents, shell, and animals often led to differential access which then helped to fuel the rise of social complexity. This presentation considers questions of resource acquisition as mediated by oceanographic and wind conditions, comparing results from archaeological projects in the Pacific and the Caribbean.
Scott Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Oregon, USA. Dr. Fitzpatrick has worked on numerous islands in the Pacific and Caribbean over the last 20 years to investigate how and when humans first settled islands and the resulting social and environmental changes that occurred thereafter. He has several ongoing projects in Palau, western Micronesia and the Grenadines, southern West Indies. Fitzpatrick is also the founder and co-Editor of the Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology.