Archaeomaterials; Materials Analysis; Experimental replication; Ceramics; Glaze; Pre-industrial mining and metallurgy; Glass; Cross-craft interactions; History of technology; Historic scientific manuscripts; Islamic archaeology; Near Eastern Archaeology; Chalcolithic and Bronze Age; Islamic and Chinese technological exchange
My research interests focus on understanding the history of materials and technologies in the Near and Middle East from the ancient period, through to the early and medieval Islamic periods, up to the nineteenth century. I use multi-analytical approaches (e.g. XRF, XRD, SR micro-XRD, SEM-EDS, EPMA-WDS, micro CT-Scan) and replication experiments to study archaeological and art historical materials and have collaborated with several museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Ashmolean Museum, Louvre Museum, Pergamon Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
My current project focuses on the beginnings and development of Islamic stonepaste wares (or fritwares) in Egypt, Syria and Iran from the 11th century AD up to the Mongol invasions in the 13th century. I am also preparing the translation and commentary on two medieval Islamic treatises on the production of coloured glass and ceramics. My other project is based on my long-standing interest in the beginnings of ceramic glazing and the cross-craft interactions between copper smelting and ceramic glaze manufacturing during the late Chalcolithic and early Bronze Age in the Levant and the Near East.
A Preliminary Study of a Nineteenth-Century Persian Manuscript on Porcelain Manufacture in the Sipahsalar Library, Tehran
Matin, M, Matin, M
Production technology of Nabataean painted pottery compared with that of Roman terra sigillata
Tite, M, Herringer, SN, Shortland, A, Matin, M, Pradell, T, Alcock, SE
On the origins of tin-opacified ceramic glazes: New evidence from early Islamic Egypt, the Levant, Mesopotamia, Iran, and Central Asia
Matin, M, Tite, M, Watson, O
Journal of Archaeological Science
Glazes, Slips, and Paints
The Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences
In the field of ceramics, the terms “glaze,” “slip,” and “paint” designate three different types of coating that are applied on the surface of unfired or once-fired (biscuit-fired) ceramic bodies for decorative or functional purposes. This entry provides an overview of the composition and different applications of glazes, slips, and paints in archaeological ceramics and outlines the primary scientific techniques used for analyzing them by reviewing examples of previous studies.
Tin-based opacifiers in archaeological glass and ceramic glazes: a review and new perspectives