Matthew Douglass

Matthew J. Douglass
Courtesy Assistant Professor of Practice Master of Applied Science Program, Science for Educators

Program Coordinator/Advisor Master of Applied Science, Science for Educators Specialization

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Ph.D. University of Auckland, 2010

I am a researcher interested in lithic technology, landscape history, and human environmental interaction, and have international research projects in Australia, Kenya, and South Africa.  Additionally, I have two active research and public heritage projects in the Great Plains. One, funded by the USDA Forest Service, documents historic and prehistoric grassland heritage through Artifact Roadshows and Oral History events. The other, funded by the National Park Service, uses 3D technologies to recreate the lost town of Sulphur Springs, Indian Territory. Digital Archives for both projects, including 3D models and interviews, are hosted by the Center for Great Plains Studies

Major research interests

Lithic Technology, Landscape Archaeology, Human Environmental Interaction, Archaeology/Anthropology of: Great Plains, Australia, Kenya, South Africa.

Current research projects

Koobi Fora Landscape Survey with colleagues from The George Washington Univ. and Rugters University investigating c. 1.5 mya Early Stone Age surface deposits within the East Turkana region of Kenya. Survey is part of the larger Koobi Fora Field School.

USDA National Forests and Grasslands Challenge Cost Share Agreement to develop an integrated experiential and outreach educational program and conduct archaeological research for the National Grasslands Visitor Center.

Doring River Palaeo Landscape Project with collegues from Univ. of Wollongong, Univ, of Pennsylvania, Max Planck Institute investigating Middle Stone Age surface deposits along the Doring River valley of South Africa.

The Western New South Wales Archaeological Project (WNSWAP)
with colleagues from The Univeristy of Auckland, Macquarie University, investigating Holocene surface archaeology from a geoarchaeological perspective.

Middle Fork River Heritage Action Team (HAT) Salmon Challis National Forest, Idaho. With collegues from USDA Forest Service and Private, assess and advise on archaeological and natural resource impacts of recreation on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Archaeologial Inventory of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area
, Murray County, Oklahoma. Joint research and outreach with Midwest Archeological Center to explore the historic town of Sulphur Springs.

Recent Grants

  • [Co-Investigator] One Million Years of Ecosystem Engineering: Cape Floral Biome.NSF Coupled Natural and Human Systems Grant. David Braun, Matthew Douglass, John T. Faith, and David B. Pattternson. ($495,407 USD) (submitted)
  • [Co-Organizer]From a Landscape Perspective: Papers in Honor of Prof. Jack Harris. Wenner-Gren Foundation. David Braun, Simon Holdaway, Matthew Douglass and Emanuel Ndiema. ($19,720 USD) (2014)
  • [PI]Challenge Cost Share Agreement Between the University Of Nebraska-Lincoln and the USDA, Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands National Grassland Visitor Center. USDA Forest Service/Univ. of Nebraska. ($104,766.80 USD). Matthew Douglass and LuAnn Wandsnider. (2014-2016)
  • [PI]Archaeological Inventory of the Platt National Park and National Historic Landmark District Chickasaw National Recreation Area. National Parks Service. Matthew Douglass and LuAnn Wandsnider. ($94,000 USD) (2013-2016)


Researchgate profile

(In Prep) Braun, David, Jonathan Reeves, Matthew Douglass, David Patterson, et al. The behavioral context of the Okote Member in the Ileret Sub-region: Scale, Context and Environments. Journal of Human Evolution.

(In Prep) Douglass, Matthew, and David Braun (Guest Editors). From a Landscape Perspective: A Celebration of J.W.K. Harris' Career. Quaternary International.

(In Press) Douglass, Matthew, Simon Holdaway and Patricia Fanning. Selected Samples: the nature of silcrete adzes in the formation of Australian stone artifact assemblages. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

(In Press) Magnani, Matthew and Matthew Douglass. Photogrammetry and StereoPhotogrammety. SAS Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences. Wiley-Blackwell.

(In Press) Douglass, Matthew J., Sam C. Lin, David R. Braun, and Thomas W. Plummer. Core use-life distributions in lithic assemblages as a means for reconstructing behavioral patternsJournal of Archaeological Method and Theory.

(In Press) Harold L. Dibble, Simon J. Holdaway, Sam C. Lin , David R. Braun, Matthew J. Douglass , Radu Iovita , Shannon P. McPherron , Deborah I. Olszewski , and Dennis Sandgathe. Major Fallacies Surrounding Stone Artifacts and AssemblagesJournal of Archaeological Method and Theory.

(In Press) Napier, Tiffany, Matthew Douglass, LuAnn Wandsnider, Ronald Goble. Investigating the Human Respose to the Medieval Climate Anomaly in the Nebraska Sand Hills: A Preliminary Study in Building Occupation Histories with OSL Dating. Plains Anthropologist.

(2017) Douglass, Matthew, Dennis Kuhnel, Matthew Magnani, Luke Hittner, Michael Chodoronek, and Samantha Porter. Community Outreach, Digital Heritage, and Private Collections: A case study from the North American Great Plains. World Archaeology.

(2017) Bleed, Peter, Matthew Douglass, Alex Sumner, Maia Behrendt, and Alex Mackay. Photogrammetrical Assessment of Procedural Patterns and Sequential Structure in “Handaxe”Manufacture: A case study along the Doring River of South AfricaLithic Technology.

(2016) Douglass, Matthew, Simon Holdaway, Justin Shiner and Patricia Fanning. Quartz and silcrete raw material use and selection in late Holocene  assemblages from semi-arid Australia. Quaternary International.

(2016) Lin, Sam, Matthew Douglass, and Alex Mackay. MIS3 artefact transport patterns in southern Africa using Cortex Ratios: An example from the Putslaagte valley, Western CapeSouth African Archaeological Bulletin.

(2016) Magnani, Matthew, Matthew Douglass, and Samantha Porter. Closing the Seams: Resolving Frequently Encountered Issues in Photogrammetric ModelingAntiquity.

(2016) Holdaway, Simon, Justin Shiner, Patricia Fanning and Matthew Douglass. Context and Complexity in Arid Australia: Assessing Human Reponses to an Unpredictable Environment. Edited Volume: Assemblage Formation and Archaeological Interpretation in the 21st Century, edited by D. Olszewski and AP Sullivan. University of Colorado Press, Boulder.

(2015) Matthew Douglass, Sam Lin, Michael Chodoronek. The application of 3-D photogrammetry for in-field documentation of archaeological features. Advances in Archaeological Practice.

(2015) Holdaway, Simon and Matthew Douglass. Use beyond manufacture: non-flint stone artifacts from Fowlers Gap, Australia. Lithic Technology.

(2015) Holdaway, Simon, Geoffrey King, Matthew Douglass, and Patricia Fanning. Human-environment interactions at regional scales: the complex topography hypothesis applied to surface archaeological records in Australia and North America. Archaeology in Oceania.

(2015) Holdaway, Simon, Douglass, Matthew and Rebecca Phillipps. Flake selection, assemblage variability and technological organization. In M. Shott (ed) Work in Stone. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

(2013) Holdaway, Simon J., Matthew J. Douglass, and Patricia C. Fanning. A new ecological framework for understanding human - environment interactions in arid Australia. Edited volume: Intersections and Transformations: Archaeological Studies in Environment and Technology. Routledge Publishing.

(2013) Douglass, Matthew and LuAnn Wandsnider. Fragmentation Resistant Measures of Chipped Stone Abundance and Size: Results of an Experimental Investigation of the Impact of Cattle Trampling on Surface Chipped Stone Scatters. Plains Anthropologist. 57(224).

(2012) Holdaway, Simon and Matthew Douglass. A Twenty-First Century Archaeology of Stone Artifacts. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 19(1): 101-131.

(2012) Holdaway, Simon, Matthew Douglass and Patricia Fanning. Landscape Scale and Human Mobility: Geoarchaeological Evidence from Rutherfords Creek, New South Wales, Australia. In Kluiving, S.J. and Guttmann, E.G.B. (Eds.), Landscape and Heritage. Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam.

(2011) Douglass, Matthew J. & Simon J. Holdaway. Quantifying stone raw material size distributions: Investigating cortex proportions in lithic assemblages from Western New South Wales. In J. Specht & R. Torrence (Eds.), Changing Perspectives in Australian Archaeology, Part IV. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online, 23. Sydney: Australian Museum.

(2010) Holdaway,Simon, Patricia Fanning, Ed Rhodes, Samuel Marx, Bruce Floyd and Matthew Douglass. Human response to palaeoenvironmental change and the question of temporal scale. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 292(1-2):192-200.

(2010) Lin, Sam, Matthew Douglass and Simon Holdaway. The Application of 3D Laser Scanning Technology to the Assessment of Ordinal and Mechanical Cortex Quantification in Lithic Analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science 37(4): 694-702.

(2008) Douglass, Matthew J., Simon J. Holdaway, Patricia C. Fanning and Justin I. Shiner. An Assessment and Archaeological Application of Cortex Measurement in Lithic Assemblages. American Antiquity (73) 513-526.

(2008) Holdaway, Simon, Justin Shiner, Patricia Fanning and Matthew Douglass. Assemblage formation as a result of raw material acquisition in western New South Wales, Australia. Lithic Technology 33:73-85.