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Conference series Medieval and urban archaeology in the Low Countries in an international perspective

Nature of the project:
Organizing a series of thematic international conferences followed by collateral publications

Project description

Social relevance
When contract archaeology uncovers evidence of a phenomenon of past everyday life in a particular town, the findings often are readily labelled as unique or at least (very) special. This series of conferences and ensuing publications will instead focus on similarities, patterns that might be indicative of transformations through time over a larger area, with due regard to the adage ‘so many towns, so many customs’.

Scientific relevance
Urban and medieval archaeology in the Netherlands and Belgium has reached a point where it can contribute substantially to a broader understanding of urbanism in Europe. Moreover, the area is one of the most urbanized regions in Europe. Urban archaeologists have been stressing the desirability of organizing meetings around specific topics, to discuss these topics and publish the results in order to bring greater coherence to the somewhat fragmented research efforts relating to individual towns.

Partners
Currently, the conference series Medieval and urban archaeology in the Low Countries in an international perspective is a collaborative project of three partners:
Association of Dutch Municipal Archaeologists
Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands
University, Leiden University, chair group Provincial Roman & Medieval Archaeology

The Dutch Society for Medieval Archaeology is involved in the realization of the Urban Graveyard Book.

Keywords: urban archaeology, medieval archaeology, the Netherlands, craft industry, urban cemeteries

 

First conference in the Conference series Medieval and urban archaeology in the Low Countries in an international perspective
Theme: Artisanal production
Date: December 2011
Host institution: Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands/Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE) Amersfoort

Spin-off: articles in the peer-reviewed journal Medieval and Modern Matters, planned for spring 2015

Principal contacts:
Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands/Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE) (host institution)
contact: Jeroen Bouwmeester MA j.bouwmeester@cultureelerfgoed.nl
Leiden University
contact: Prof. dr Frans Theuws, franstheuws@gmail.com

List of participants/researchers
Bartels, Michiel, municipal archaeological service of Hoorn & Enkhuizen, NL
Bellens, Tim, municipal archaeological service of Antwerpen, B
Braven, Arjan den, municipal archaeological service of Nijmegen; currently: Leiden University, NL
Callebaut, Dirk, Provincial Archeological Museum, Ename, B
DeGroote, Koen, Flemish Heritage Institute (VIOE), Brussels, B
Dijkman, Wim, municipal archaeological service, Centre Céramique, Maastricht, NL
Dijkstra, Juke, ADC Archeoprojecten, Amersfoort, NL
Doesburg, Jan van, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), Amersfoort, NL
Groothedde, Michel, municipal archaeological service of Zutphen, NL
Hermann, Volker, Archäologischer Dienst des Kantons Bern, CH
Höltken, Thomas, Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Köln/Romano-Germanic Museum, Cologne, DE
Kortekaas, Gert, municipal archaeological service of Groningen, NL
Mittendorff, Emile, municipal archaeological service of Deventer, NL
Oudhof, Willem Jan, Buro de Brug, Amsterdam,NL
Sindbaek, Søren, University of York, UK
Theuws, Frans, University of Amsterdam; currently: Leiden University, NL
Tys, Dries, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, B,
Verhaeghe, Frans, prof. emer., Vrije Universiteit Brussel, B
Verhoeven, Arno, University of Amsterdam, NL
Vermeulen, Bart, municipal archaeological service of Deventer, NL
Wersch, Line van, Flemish Heritage Institute (VIOE), Tongeren/Tongres; currently: Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, F
Wouters, Barbora, University of Cambridge, UK/ Vrije Universiteit Brussel, B
Wynia, Herre, municipal archaeological service of Utrecht, NL

 

Second conference in the Conference series Medieval and urban archaeology in the Low Countries in an international perspective
Theme: The urban cemetery in a European perspective
Date: December 2013
Host institution: Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands/Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE) Amersfoort
Follow-up: bilingual (English-Dutch) book, in preparation, planned for spring 2015

Principal contacts
Association of Dutch Municipal Archaeologists/Convent van Gemeentelijk Archeologen in Nederland (CGA)
contact: Nico Arts, MA, n.arts@eindhoven.nl

Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands/Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE) (host institution)
contact: Jeroen Bouwmeester, MA, j.bouwmeester@cultureelerfgoed.nl

Leiden University
contact: dr. Roos van Oosten, r.m.r.van.oosten@arch.leidenuniv.nl

List of participants/researchers

Nico Aten, Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs and Science, The Hague, NL
Jeroen Bouwmeester, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Amersfoort, NL
Arnold Carmiggelt, municipal archaeological service of Rotterdam, NL
Hemmy Clevis, municipal archaeological service of Zwolle, NL
Els Dauven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, B
Lene Høst Madsen, Skanderborg Museum, DK
Karen Minsaer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, B
Marit van Kant, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, B
Michael Klomp, municipal archaeological service of Zwolle, NL
Gert Kortekaas, municipal archaeological service of Groningen, NL
Roos van Oosten, Leiden University, NL<
Kim Quintelier, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Prehistory and Anthropology, Brussels, B
Raphael Panhuysen, University of Amsterdam, NL
Jacob Schotten, municipal archaeological service of Tegelen, NL
Liesbeth Smits, University of Amsterdam, NL
Frank van Spelde, Leiden University, NL
Tim de Ridder, municipal archaeological service of Vlaardingen, NL
Frans Theuws, Leiden University, NL
Dries Tys, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, B
Andrea Waters, Leiden University, NL

Photo: Some of the 2013 conference participants, Friday 13 December