Han Huisman has been appointed Professor of Geoarchaeology and Archaeometrics by special appointment at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen, as of December 1st, 2017. For one day a week he will work at the Groningen Institute for Archaeology, where he will carry out research and teach in the field of geoarchaeology (the applications of earth science in archaeology) and archaeometry (chemical-physical research in archaeology)
Hans Huisman (1967) studied soil science at the University of Wageningen, specializing in mapping techniques, geochemistry and GIS. In 1988 he obtained his doctorate for research into the chemical composition of the Dutch subsurface. He then worked for five years as a researcher in the geochemical laboratory of TNO-NITG. In 2003 he became a senior researcher at the then State Department for Antarctic Soil Research, which is now the RCE, in Amersfoort. From 2009 to 2015, Hans was also a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University.
In Groningen he will be providing archaeology education to bachelor and (research) master students, as well as providing education in the Graduate School for the Humanities. His main focus will be on micromorphology, on physical-chemical research of artefacts and on applications in archaeological heritage conservation. He will also set up and further develop several areas of research, with emphasis on the use of space in the past, prehistoric arable farming and old technology, and the influence of modern human actions on the conservation of archaeological sites.
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