Mr Matthew Christopher Barrett

MA, BA(Hons), BA

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


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 stone artefact assemblages at Lake Mungo, Australia, through the use of 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

The Nature of the Beast: Time, Space and Stone Artefact Assemblages at Lake Mungo, Australia

Teaching | Current

Current: ANTHRO 101 Graduate Teaching Assistant

Previous Positions:
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

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Supervisors
Professor Simon Holdaway
Dr Rebecca Phillipps

MA Supervisors
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

Committees/Professional groups/Services

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

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, Timothy 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.


Contact details

Primary office location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 8, Room 855
New Zealand

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