Dr. Sjoerd van der Linde

  • Assistant Professor in Archaeological Heritage Management
  • International archaeological heritage management
  • Heritage theory
  • Archaeological ethnographies
  • Public archaeology
  • Archaeology and new media


Sjoerd van der Linde (1979, Heerenveen) is Assistant Professor International Archaeological Heritage Management at the Faculty of Archaeology. He obtained a BSc summa cum laude in Archaeological Sciences in 2003. Subsequently, he studied at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London (UCL), where he graduated cum laude with a MA in Managing Archaeological Sites in 2004. His MA dissertation on management strategies for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ancient Merv was awarded the UCL Petrie Prize.

After an internship at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, Sjoerd returned to London from 2005-2007, were he worked as a Research Assistant Managing Archaeological Sites at UCL, as Interpretation Officer Stonehenge at English Heritage, and as Head of Site Management & Interpretation at the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology.

In 2007, Sjoerd started as a researcher at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD cum laude on an ethnographic research of international heritage practices in December 2012. During this period, he combined his PhD research with fieldwork at the Tell Balata Archaeological Park Project in Palestine (a project by UNESCO/MOTA/Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Leiden University), as well as with his function as electronic review editor for the journal Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites (CMAS). Moreover, he was a researcher in the EU Culture 2007 ‘Archaeology in Contemporary Europe’ (ACE) project, where he co-edited the volume ‘European Archaeology Abroad’, which entails a comparative analysis of European archaeological policies and practices in foreign contexts. 

Presently, Sjoerd is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University in the field of archaeological heritage management, as well as project secretary for the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE) Centre for Global Heritage and Development. He has an ancillary position as General Director of Foundation CommonSites. His research interests include heritage management, ethnographic research and new media applications in community archaeology.                        

PhD Thesis
Title:                 Digging holes abroad. An ethnography of Dutch archaeological research projects abroad. Archaeological Studies Leiden University 27.
Publisher:          Leiden University Press : Leiden
Issue Date:       2012-12-18
ISBN:              9789087281915
Available at Leiden University Press: Digging holes abroad
Available open access at Leiden Library: 


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