Mr Matthew Christopher Barrett

MA, BA(Hons), BA

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Matthew is currently a PhD student in Anthropology, specialising in archaeology. His research interests lie in stone artefact assemblage formation, human-environment interaction, and the use of computer simulation and agent-based modelling in archaeology. For his doctoral research, Matthew is investigating the formation of retouched stone tool assemblages through exploratory agent-based modelling. 

For his MA research, Matthew investigated stone artefact assemblages from the Fayum, Egypt, and western New South Wales, Australia, to understand how differences in flake to core ratios (common measures of stone artefact assemblage variability) reflected past human movement throughout the landscapes they inhabited.

Matthew has also held various positions in Anthropology as a graduate teaching assistant and research assistant, as well as within the wider Faculty of Arts as the First Year Experience (FYE) Administration Assistant and a Canvas Facilitator.

Research | Current

Understanding retouch: using computer simulation in a critical assessment of retouched stone tool assemblages

Teaching | Current

ANTHRO 101: World Archaeology - Graduate Teaching Assistant

Previous Positions:
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Auckland
2017     ANTHRO 318: Archaeological Science
2015     ANTHRO 101: World Archaeology
2014     ANTHRO 101: World Archaeology, ANTHRO 309: Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
2013     ANTHRO 101: World Archaeology, ANTHRO 353: Archaeology in Practice

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Supervisors
Professor Simon Holdaway
Dr Rebecca Phillipps

MA Supervisors
Professor Simon Holdaway
Professor Peter Sheppard
Dr Rebecca Phillipps (Adviser)

Distinctions/Honours

2018    University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
2013    Faculty of Arts Masters/Honours Scholarship
2012    First in Course Award: ANTHRO 700, 701, 703
2011    Senior Scholar Award - Bachelor of Arts

Committees/Professional groups/Services

New Zealand Archaeological Association (NZAA)
Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Australasia
 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Pillay, P., Barrett, M., Emmitt, J. J., Mackrell, T., & Phillipps, R. (22/6/2017). Data acquisition and integration protocol on the Ahuahu/Great Mercury Island Archaeological Project. Poster presented at NZAA Annual Conference 2017, Thames, New Zealand. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Joshua Emmitt, Tim Mackrell, Rebecca Phillipps
  • Barrett, M. C. (2014). Flake to Core Ratios and Human Mobility: An Investigation of Stone Artefact Assemblages from Egypt and Australia The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22537