On 1 February 2011, Dr Gilles de Langen became Professor by Special Appointment at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen.
De Langen currently works as a provincial archaeologist for the province of Fryslân,
and will now combine this position with the professorship.
He will hold the new chair in Archaeology of the Northern Netherlands Terp and Wierd Landscape, endowed by the Groningen University Fund.
This chair is the result of cooperation between the University and the province of Fryslân.
De Langen is considered an expert in the field of archaeological research into terpen and wierden, artificial dwelling hills that appear in coastal parts of the Netherlands.
In his work as professor, De Langen will mainly focus on research into the relationship between habitation and landscape in clay and clay-on-peat lands in the period from the Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages.
The development of terpen plays an important role in this period.
The research will focus particularly on the province of Fryslân.
Gilles de Langen (Groningen, 1959) studied history and prehistory at the University of Groningen, where he gained his PhD in 1992 with a thesis entitled Middeleeuws Friesland.
De economische ontwikkeling van het gewest Oostergo in de vroege en volle Middeleeuwen
[Medieval Friesland. The economic development of the district of Oostergo in the Early and High Middle Ages.
De Langen previously worked as a project leader for archaeological research for Archeologisch Advies-bureau RAAP in Amsterdam,
and he was head of the northern Netherlands regional office of RAAP.
De Langen is archaeological editor of the Nieuwe Encyclopedie van Fryslân.
Both the province of Fryslân and the University of Groningen recognize the vital importance of the terp landscape.
Ms J.W. de Vries, Provincial Executive member for the conservation of historical buildings, cultural history and archaeology for the province of Fryslân, said:
‘The terp landscape is of vital importance to our coastal landscape –
it is at the heart of Fryslân and the Netherlands.
This landscape must therefore be protected
and knowledge, which must be accessible to a wide audience, is key here.
Cooperation with the University of Groningen is therefore a logical and important step.’
The new professor will initiate and lead research in cooperation with the relevant specialists from the Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA).
Prof. D. Raemaekers, director of GIA:
‘We are delighted to welcome De Langen as our new terpen professor.
We have been working for a few years now on intensifying our attention to the internationally important field of terp archaeology, partly thanks to the province of Fryslân.
De Langen’s appointment means that an expert in this field will be added to our research team.’
Prof.dr. D. Raemaekers, 050 363 6723
dr. G. de Langen,
058 292 5487 or
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