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Archaeology of Northwestern Europe

About the Research Group

The focal point of our research is the interaction between man and environment. This general issue is studied within two interrelated research fields. The first is the long-term development of cultural landscapes , in which the research on early prehistory focuses on the IJssel-Vecht river system in the east-central Netherlands, while the research on the later prehistory and protohistory is carried out in the terp-mound and adjacent sand area of the Northern Netherlands. The second research field is that of economic landscapes , in which the exploitation of the environment is studied within a long-term framework from Mesolithic interference in natural landscapes, via hoe cultivation (Swifterbant) and Celtic Fields to horticulture in the terp-mound area. In both fields research is carried out at both the site level and at regional and supra-regional levels. Special attention is given to the maritime cultural landscape.

This chair also encompasses the research carried out in Archaeobotany and Zooarchaeology, which have a wide geographic scope including Northwestern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Levant, the Near East, and Turkey. We expect to develop new interdisciplinary projects and collaborations on a multitude of topics including diet, food economy, agricultural practices, crop choices, provenance, mobility and palaeo-environment reconstructions in the future.

Postdoctoral Fellows

PhD Researchers





M. (Marco) Bakker M.A. 2013-2017

Promotors: Prof. dr. G.J. de Langen, Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers, and Prof. dr. ir. M. Spek

Co-promotor: Dr. J.A.W. Nicolay

The Frisian peat reclamations of the Late Iron Age and Roman Iron Age
M. (Merita) Dreshaj
S. J. (Sarah) Dresscher
J.A.M. (Jolijn) Erven
M.M.A. (Merit) Hondelink, M.A. 2016-2021 Prof. dr. R.T.J. Cappers

A taste of historic cookery - a reconstruction of the daily meal as prepared by common burghers of Early Modern Dutch cities, AD 1500-1850

A. (Angelique) Kaspers 2018-2022

Promotores: Prof. dr. G.J. de Langen and Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaeker

Co-Promotor: Dr. J.A.W. Nicolay

W. (Willemien) de Kock
T.N. (Tessa) Krol, M.A. Self-funded

Promotor: Prof. dr. G.J. de Langen

Co-promotor: Dr. A. Nieuwhof

Anglo-Saxon pottery of the Northern Netherlands in a regional and cultural context

S. G. (Steven) Matthews M.A.


Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers

Co-promotors: Dr. S. Hamilton; Dr. S. Arnoldussen

Techniques and Society: the Middle Bronze Age weapons of northwest Europe

K. (Karla) de Roest 2015-2019 Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers Properly put to rest? A multi-angled study into individual and collective burial rites in Northwest Europe c. 1000 BC-500 AD
N.D.T.M. (Thilanka) Siriwardana
F.G. (Francesca) Slim
M. (Merel) Spithoven
T. (Taravat) Talebi Seyyedsaran 2017-2021 Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers and Prof. dr. R.T.J. Cappers Mid-Quaternary primary agricultural activities and land use changes in the Northern Netherlands
T. (Theun) Varwijk 2013-2017

Prof. dr. G.J. de Langen and Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers

Co-Promotor: Dr. J.A.W. Nicolay

Settlement development of Frisian Terp sites from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages
Drs. H.W.M. (Hans) van Westing Self-funded

Prof. dr. André van Holk

Co-promotor: Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers

Ter voorkominge van kaperijen, uijtschuddingen, roverijen en andere schaden: de bewapening van koopvaarders en binnenschepen, ca. 1350-1800
R.M. (Rachel) Winter

Drs. I. (Inger) Woltinge


Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers

What lies beneath: the value of buried Stone Age landscapes

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