Moujan Matin

Postdoctoral Fellow
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue, Room 415, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C1


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Intersection between archaeology and the history of technology and science in the Near and Middle East and Central Asia, from the ancient period through the medieval Islamic periods and up to the nineteenth century.

Name of Postdoctoral Fellowship

Playing with Fire: The Discovery of Ceramic Glazes.


This SSHRC funded project focuses on innovations in pyrotechnological activities (i.e. copper smelting, glaze making and glass making) in Egypt and the Near East during the Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age (ca. 4500-2500 BC).


SSHRC Postdoctoral research fellow Moujan Matin joined our department in January 2020. Her DPhil thesis, Revisiting the Origins of Islamic Glazed Pottery: A Technological Examination of 8th-10th century ceramics from Islamic Lands, focused on the development of tin-opacified glazed ceramics based on the study of sherds from sites in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. After completing her DPhil, she was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Oxford (2016-2019), to work on the project Hearing the Footsteps of Genghis Khan: Technological Changes in the Production of Stonepaste Ceramics from Iran, Syria and Egypt. The aim of this project was to understand further the processes that led to a technological boom at a time of significant social and political turmoil after the Mongol invasions in the Middle East. As part of this project, Moujan undertook fieldwork at Moshkin Tepe, Iran. After this fellowship, she served as an invited research fellow at the Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University, Guangzhou, China, to participate in the Nanhai I Shipwreck project.


DPhil, University of Oxford (2017)