Scott Fitzpatrick, Department of Anthropology

Scott Fitzpatrick
Academic Areas:
Archaeology of Islands and Coastal Regions, Historical Ecology, Seafaring Technologies

Scott Fitzpatrick is an academic expert in the archaeology of islands and coastal regions, particularly in the Pacific and Caribbean. At the University of Oregon, he is an associate professor of anthropology, the associate head for the department and the director of Undergraduate Studies. Scott’s research focuses on how humans got to islands prehistorically using different seafaring and navigational techniques and the methods used for boat construction. He is also interested in what happened once humans reached islands and the impact they had on ancient environments. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology, an Associate Editor for Archaeology in Oceania, and on the editorial boards for the Caribbean Journal of Science and Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

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Recent Media: 
UO team puts an ancient spin on a new digital currency (Around the O, June 11, 2019)
Ancient hallucinogens found in 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch (National Geographic, May 6, 2019)
What was the first recreational drug? (Gizmodo, Dec. 31, 2018)
Rock and rolling in it: The island that uses two-ton, 12ft high, limestone discs as MONEY (Daily Mail, May 10, 2018)
Weather And Ocean Explorers (Jefferson Public Radio, Jan. 6, 2017)
Digging for glory (The New Yorker, June 27, 2016)
Yap's stone money: The largest and heaviest currency in the world (Radio Australia, May 11, 2016)
Ancient animal bones pose a West Indies mystery (Live Science, Dec. 1, 2011)
The Island Of Stone Money (National Public Radio, Dec. 10, 2010)
Pacific "dwarf" bones cause controversy (Nature, March 10, 2008)