Mr Matthew Christopher Barrett
MA, BA(Hons), BA
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 as a Canvas Facilitator.
Research | Current
Understanding retouch: using computer simulation in a critical assessment of retouched stone tool assemblages
Teaching | Current
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Auckland
2018 ANTHRO 101: World Archaeology, ANTHRO 102: How Humans Evolve, ANTHRO 309: Quantitative
Methods in Anthropology
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
Professor Simon Holdaway
Dr Rebecca Phillipps
Professor Simon Holdaway
Professor Peter Sheppard
Dr Rebecca Phillipps (Adviser)
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
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.