Matthew Douglass


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

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 active research and public heritage projects in the Great Plains.

Research and Current Projects

Koobi Fora Field School with colleagues from The George Washington Univ., Penn State University, Duke University, Harvard University, American Museum of Natural History. Research and student training experience to provide a holistic, interdisciplinary perspective on human environmental interaction in the Turkana Basin of Northern Kenya from 3 million years in the past up to the present.

Human/Natural System Coupling in the Fynbos Biome of the West Coast of South Africa with colleagues from Univ. of Utah and The George Washington University. Exploring archaeological, paleoclimatic, and paleoecological proxies for evidence for long-term human/ecosystem coupling.

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.

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.

Great Plains Virtual Reconstructionswith Zach Day (KU), Jeremy Brunette (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Peter Bleed (UNL), Doug Scott (UNL)

Recent Grants

  • [PI] CNH2-S: Long Term Perspectives on Water Security, Food Security, and
    Land Management Among Pastoralists Experiencing Change. NSF. Matthew Douglass, Herman Pontzer, Asher Rosinger, Purity Kiura, Larkin Powell. $748,870 (2019-2024).
  • [Sen. Pers] Collaborative Research: REU Site: Past and Present Human-Environment Dynamics in the Turkana Basin, Kenya. NSF. David Braun, Ashley Hammond, et al. $400,000 (2019-2023).
  • [PI] USDA Artifacts Roadshows: A Citizen Science Approach to Archaeological Reporting, Site Stewardship, and Public Education. USDA Forest Service/ Univ. of Nebraska. Matthew Douglass ($39,797.75) (2018-2020).
  • [Co-PI] CNH-S: Exploring the history of coupled climatic and human influences on ecosystem changes during the last one million years. J. Tyler Faith, David Braun, Matthew Douglass, and Mitchel Power. National Science Foundation, Coupled Natural Human Systems. $741,821. (2018-2021).
  • [PI]Update to 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. Matthew Douglass ($64,687.31) (2017-2020).
  • [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). Matthew Douglass and LuAnn Wandsnider. (2014-2016)
  • [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]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)

Selected Publications

(In Review) Matthew Douglass, Zachary Day, Jeremy Brunette, Peter Bleed, and Douglas Scott. Virtual Reality as Archaeological Observation:  Embracing New Ways of Treating Sites, Places and Landscapes. Advances in Archaeological Practice.

(In Review) Matthew Magnani, Matthew Douglass, Whittaker Schroder, Jonathan Reeves, David Braun. Photogrammetric Modeling in Archaeological Science and Cultural Heritage: A Review. Journal of Field Archaeology.

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

(2017) 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.

(2017) 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 J., Sam C. Lin, David R. Braun, and Thomas W. Plummer. Core use-life distributions in lithic assemblages as a means for reconstructing behavioral patterns. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory.

(2017) 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 Assemblages. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory.

(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 Africa. Lithic 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 Cape. South African Archaeological Bulletin.

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

(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.



Ph.D. University of Auckland, 2010

Research Interests

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


Curriculum Vitae

Matt's university homepage

Researchgate profile

Download the Unity Web Player (Required to run the Web Version; Internet Explorer or Firefox Only)

About the Unity Web Player