R.G. Matson received a BA in Anthropology in 1966 from the University of California, Riverside, and a PhD from the University of California, Davis in 1971. Professor Matson taught at Northern Arizona University (1970-72) and the University of British Columbia (1972-2004). Most of his research has been in three areas, the U.S. Southwest, the Northwest Coast of North America and the adjacent interior Plateau Culture Area. Professor Matson has authored numerous books and scholarly articles. Professor Matson has made enormous contributions to North American archaeology in general and Western Canadian archaeology in particular. He has worked tirelessly over three decades to further our knowledge of the ancient cultures of the Pacific Northwest and the US Southwest. In 2005, Professor Matson received the Smith-Wintemberg award which is presented to honour professional members of the Canadian archaeological community who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the discipline of archaeology and the knowledge of the archaeological past of Canada.