Mr Matthew Christopher Barrett

MA, BA(Hons), BA

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Matthew is currently a Doctoral Candidate 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 in Aotearoa, Australia and Egypt, through the use of agent-based modelling and other methods. 

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 Professional Teaching Fellow, 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

Thesis Working Title: Lithics in Perspective

Teaching | Current

Graduate Teaching Assistant, ANTHRO 101: World Archaeology 

Previous Positions:
Professional Teaching Fellow
2020     ANTHRO 353: Archaeology in Practice

Graduate Teaching Assistant
2020     ANTHRO 101: World Archaeology
2019     ANTHRO 101: World Archaeology
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)


2020    Faculty of Arts GTA Teaching Excellence Award
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

Areas of expertise

Lithic analysis, GIS, agent-based modelling

Committees/Professional groups/Services

CAA-Australasia Chapter Membership Secretary (2021)

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


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Phillipps, R., Emmitt, J., Barrett, M., Wendrich, W., & Holdaway, S. (2019). Kom W in context IV: synthesis and new directions for Neolithic research in Egypt. Paper presented at International Symposium Society and subsistence in the prehistory of Northeastern Africa, Poznań, Poland. 1 July - 4 July 2019.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Joshua Emmitt, Rebecca Phillipps, Simon Holdaway
  • Holdaway, S., Emmitt, J., Phillipps, R., Barrett, M., & Wendrich, W. (2019). Kom W, Fayum North Shore, Egypt, in context: Reconsidering the evidence for an early Neolithic Village. Kom W in context I.. Paper presented at International Symposium: Society and subsistence in the prehistory of Northeastern Africa, Poznań. 1 July - 4 July 2019.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Joshua Emmitt, Simon Holdaway, Rebecca Phillipps
  • 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

2-6 PARK AVENUE - Bldg 529
Level 1, Room 119
New Zealand

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