Dr Menno L.P. Hoogland (1954) has been appointed from 1 October 2013 to 1 October 2018 as professor by special appointment in Funerary Archaeology and Archaeothanatology at the Faculty of Arts. The chair has been created by the Groningen University Fund (GUF).
He will concentrate on research on funerary contexts to gain insight into the individual, the society and its ideas about life and death. The chair is related to Greek archaeology, given that the emphasis is on the methodology and theory of funerary archaeology in Greece.
Hoogland studied cultural anthropology and specialized in prehistory and physical anthropology. He gained a PhD at Leiden University, where he was also an undergraduate. In 1980 he took part in the Spitsbergen expedition organized by the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen and worked on the excavation of a cemetery of Dutch whalers. His PhD research concentrated on the precolonial archaeology of the island of Saba. His participation in numerous excavations has led to the development of a research strategy for funerary contexts in which archaeothanatology, isotopes and A-DNA are integrated with ethnohistorical and ethnographic data. He is currently also associate professor of Osteoarchaeology at Leiden University and head of an osteoarchaeological laboratory.
In 2004, his research programme, ‘Houses for the living and the dead’ was awarded a grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Since September he has been involved as a senior researcher in the ERC Synergy programme Nexus1492 of Prof. Corinne L. Hofman and heads the subproject ‘Lifeways and deathways of indigenous peoples across the historical divide’.
In Groningen, Hoogland will be working with Prof. S. Voutsaki, professor of Greek archaeology, who is interested in the study of funerary customs from a perspective that combines bioarchaeology with the contextual analysis of burial customs and archaeological theory.
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