• Materiality of Self-Determination

    Matthew participates in reindeer herding with the Skolt Sámi

  • Hunters in Transition

    A Digiri man prepares fire to smoke a beehive

  • Learning (Poison) Arrow Production

    A Digiri man shows his personal arrow mark


Matthew Magnani is an anthropological archaeologist working toward his PhD at Harvard. He specializes in archaeological ethnography, and works with communities from north of the Arctic Circle to the Global South. Matthew approaches contemporary material culture with a long-term perspective, explaining how the production of objects informs community boundaries and belonging.

Matthew has ongoing projects in East Africa, the Sámi homeland of Sápmi, and Western Europe with his partner Natalia Magnani (Associate Professor, University of Tromsø), where you might find them excavating, interviewing, or analyzing ethnographic museum collections together. 

To create and implement these projects, Matthew actively works with community members to develop research questions that address locally-relevant issues. He employs and develops novel technological applications to these ends, such as photogrammetry and laser scanning.