Philip Riris - British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- BA, MA, PhD
- British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Research Fellow, Sainsbury Research Unit, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia (2018)
- Leverhulme Trust Research Associate, UCL Institute of Archaeology (2015-17)
Research Directory Records
- The Cotua Island Entrepôt: building a reflexive archaeology in the Orinoco basin
Current Research Project
Connected Communities: Network approaches to rock art in lowland South America
Despite the evidence for widespread prehistoric rock art traditions across South America, isolated site-based studies remain the norm. Breaking from traditional focuses, this project aims to understand how artistic communities form and interact by mapping connectivity between rock art sites on an unprecedented scale. Adapting methods from network science, a comparative study of rock engravings and paintings in two illustrative regional case studies, the Orinoco River, and Atlantic coast of Brazil, will be undertaken.
Combining spatial, iconographic, and archaeological data with cutting-edge computational methods will produce new insights into key questions facing archaeologists: Are rock art sites part of dense interconnected clusters, or dispersed hub-and-satellite structures? How does geography influence the locations of important sites? Do rock art networks mirror prehistoric social structures? Through the comparative analysis of hundreds of sites, this project will close a critical gap in our understanding of how indigenous communities of artistic practice formed and interacted.
- 2014-15: Project member, Promoting digital solutions to rock and cave art research (University of Southampton), British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants, UK/Spain/Portugal
- 2014: Survey team member, Ra’s al-Hadd project (British Museum), Ash Sharqiyah, Oman
- 2013: Principal investigator (with Rafael Corteletti), Urubici Digital Rock Art project, (University of Southampton and University of São Paulo), Urubici, Brazil
- 2013: Principal Investigator, Piray Mini Exploration project, (University of Southampton) Misiones, Argentina. Joint INAPL (Argentina) and University of Southampton project
- 2015: PhD in Archaeology, University of Southampton. Thesis title: Exploring the spatial structure of pre-Columbian cultural landscapes in Misiones province, Argentina
- 2010 MA in Archaeology (Distinction), University of Exeter
- 2009: BA (Hons) in Archaeology, University of Exeter
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