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Leee Anthony M. Neri

Assistant Professor

Research Interest:
I am currently interested in obsidian sourcing characterization in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. The hypothesis of the “Celebes Seafaring People” is anchored on the geochemical characterization of the obsidian recovered from sites located along the Celebes Sea Region during the Middle Holocene. Aside from obsidian sourcing, Mindanao archaeology has also been my academic priority and research interest. Archaeological surveys and excavations were already conducted in northern Mindanao.

Area of Specialization:
Obsidian Sourcing, Lithic Analysis, Mindanao Archaeology, Archaeology of Celebes Sea Region, Historical Archaeology

Current Projects:


Northern Mindanao Archaeological Project


The “Celebes Seafaring People” hypothesis in the Celebes Sea Region



Doctor in Philosophy in Archaeology. Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City Dissertation Title: Philippine Obsidian Sourcing and Characterization: Illuminating the Acquisition Patterns from Terminal Pleistocene to Early Holocene


M.S. Archaeology, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines. Thesis Title: Obsidian Sourcing at Huluga Open Site: An Evidence of Exchange?


Diploma in Archaeology, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines.

Archaeology Courses Taught

Archaeology 2

Introduction to Archaeology (undergraduate)

Archaeology 234

Archaeology of Trade

Archaeology 250

Historical Archaeology

Archaeology 260

Archaeological Resource Management

Major Publications (since 2010)


Neri, L.M., E.A.Luga, A.P.Roa, A.Pineda, & E.Wright. The archaeology of Karaang Lungsod. In Noel Tan (ed.). Advancing Southeast Asian Archaeology. Selected Papers from the First SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology, Chonburi, Thailand. pp. 241- 269


Neri, L.M., Alfred F. Pawlik, Armand Salvador B. Mijares, and Victor J. Paz. Mobility of Early Islanders in the Philippines during the Terminal Pleistocene/Early Holocene Boundary: pXRF Analysis of Obsidian Artefacts. Journal of Archaeological Science. Vol. 61. pp. 149-157.


Chia, S.,Neri, L.M., Dela Torre, A. Obsidian Sourcing at Ulilang Bundok Site and its Implications for Mobility, Exchange and Social Contexts in the Philippine Metal Age. Asian Perspective. Vol. 53 (1). pp. 97-115.


Tiauzon, A.,Neri, L.M., Manipon, D. R., Robles, E.C., Paz, V., Mijares, A., Titton, S., Dizon, E., and Cayron, J. The Large Cutting Tools from Northern Mindanao: A Sequential Understanding of Prehistoric Lithic Production. In Southeast Asian: Human Evolution, Dispersal and Adaptation. N. Amano, A. Borel, A. Purnomo, H. Xhauflair (eds.). XVIIIth Congress of the International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences. Burgos, Spain. pp. 37-49.


Reepmeyer, C., Spriggs, M., Anggraeni, Lape, P.,Neri, L., Ronquillo, W.P., Simanjuntak, T., Summerhayes, G., Tanudirjo, D., Tiauzon, A. Obsidian Sources and Distribution Systems in Island Southeast Asia: New Results And Implications From Geochemical Research Using LA-ICPMS. Journal of Archaeological Science. Vol. 38 No. 11. pp. 2995 - 3005.


Spriggs, M., Reepmeyer, C. Anggraeni, Lape, P., Neri, L., Ronquillo, W.P., Simanjuntak, T., Summerhayes, G., Tanudirjo, D., Tiauzoni, A. Obsidian Sources and Distribution Systems in Island Southeast Asia: A Review of Previous Research. Journal of Archaeological Science. Vol. 38. No. 11. pp.2873 – 2881.


Neri, L.M. A Report on the Archaeological Survey along the Coastal Area of Misamis Oriental, Philippines. Hukay. Journal of the University of the Philippines, Archaeological Studies Program. Vol.16. pp. 1-27.


Neri, L.M.,V.J. Paz, A.P. Roa, A.M. Ragragio, and A. J. Carlos. Archaeological Survey of the Island of Camiguin, Northern Mindanao. Philippine Quarterly of Culture & Society. University of the San Carlos Press. Vol. 38, No. 3. pp. 231-257.