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Research Groningen Institute of Archaeology Research Research groups GIA

Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwest Europe

About the Research Group

The focal point of our research during 2010–2015 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 Archaeozoology, 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

Dr. M. (Mans) Schepers
Dr. A. (Annet) Nieuwhof

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
E. Drenth Self-funded Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers The Beaker Cultures in Northwest Europe
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

S. (Safoora) Kamjan 2017-2021

Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers

Co-promotor: Canan Çakirlar

The Neolithic's long way: Investigating the evolution of Neolithic cattle herding strategies between the North-West Anatolia, Bulgaria and the Netherlands
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

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

Drs. M.J.L.T. (Marcel) Niekus


Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers

Stone Age Occupation of the Northern Netherlands: Time, Space, Location and Subsistence

Drs. A.B.M. (Alice) Overmeer


Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers and Prof. dr. A.F.L. van Holk

Dutch clinker-built ships in the 15th and 16th centuries

Y. (Yftinus) van Popta M.A. 2014-2018 Prof. dr. A.F.L. van Holk From sweet to salt: dynamics of the maritime cultural landscape of the Northeastern Zuiderzee between 1100 and 1400 AD. An interdisciplinary and spatial approach

Drs. D. (Daniël) Postma


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

Lost building traditions: turf construction and early medieval architecture in the southern North Sea area

K. (Karla) de Roest M.A. 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
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
Drs. A. (Adrie) Ufkes Self-funded Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers Bakel, a medieval court of the monastery of Echternach, its historical framework and the construction and development of contemporary buildings from Pfostenbau to Ständerbau
T. (Theun) Varwijk M.A. 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
K.M. (Karen) de Vries M.A. 2015-2019

Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers

Co-promotor: Dr. S. Arnoldussen

Settling with the norm? Norm and variations in social groups and their material manifestations in (Roman) Iron Age settlement sites of the northern Netherlands
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

Drs. I. (Inger) Woltinge


Prof. dr. D.C.M. Raemaekers

What lies beneath: the value of buried Stone Age landscapes

Drs. W.B. (Wouter) Waldus 2014-2017

Prof. dr. André van Holk

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

The Dutch Golden Age (1550-1700) and the role of inland shipping on the Zuiderzee

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