Frederick R. Matson

  • Charles C. KolbEmail author
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Frederick Rognald Matson, Jr. (July 29, 1912, to March 27, 2007), a native of Chicago, Illinois, USA, was an influential archaeologist, university administrator, and pioneer in the scientific analysis of archaeological ceramics, glaze, and glass. He received a BS in ceramic engineering from the University of Illinois (1933) and was a graduate student in ceramic engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology (1933–1934), before receiving a fellowship to attend the University of Michigan (1934–1936). Attaining an AM in anthropology at Michigan (1936), Matson enrolled in a newly developed graduate program in ceramic archaeology combining engineering and archaeology and was a Rackham Predoctoral Fellow (1938–1939), receiving his Ph.D. in ceramic archaeology at Michigan (1939) after defending his dissertation, A Technological Study of the Unglazed Pottery and Figurines from Seleucia on the Tigris. He served as field archaeologist on Michigan’s expedition to...

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Further Readings

  1. Matson, F.R. 1951. Ceramic technology as an aid to cultural interpretation – Techniques and problems. In Essays on archaeological methods, Anthropological papers 8, ed. J.B. Griffin, 102–116. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan.Google Scholar
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  3. Matson, F.R. 1969. Some aspects of ceramic technology. In Science in archaeology: A survey of progress and research, ed. D. Brothwell and S. Higgs, 592–602. London/New York: Thames and Hudson/Praeger.Google Scholar
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  7. Matson, F.R. 1982. Archaeological ceramics and the physical sciences: Problem definition and results. In Archaeological ceramics, ed. J.S. Olin and A.D. Franklin, 19–28. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.Google Scholar
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  10. Matson, F.R. 1995b. From potters’ mouths. In The aim of laboratory analyses of ceramics in archaeology, Konferenser 34, ed. A. Lindahl and O. Stilborg, 13–22. Stockholm: Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien.Google Scholar
  11. Toll, N.P., and F.R. Matson. 1943. The green glazed pottery. In The excavations at Dura-Europos, final report 4(1), ed. M.I. Rostovtzeff et al., 1–95. New Haven: Yale University Press.Google Scholar

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  1. 1.Independent Scholar and Retired: Division of Preservation and AccessNational Endowment for the HumanitiesWashingtonUSA

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  • Claire Smith
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  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia