Dr. Roos van Oosten

  • University Lecturer and Researcher (UD)
  • Urban archaeology
  • Socio-economic history
  • Medieval ceramics
  • Interdisciplinary research

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2448
E-Mail: r.m.r.van.oosten@arch.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Archaeology, Roman Prov., Middle Ages & Modern Period
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B1.20
Personal Homepage: archaeology.leiden.edu/​organisation/​staff/​oosten.html

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Roos van Oosten (Leiden, 1978) studied both Medieval History and Archaeology at Leiden University and obtained her MA degrees in 2003 and 2006, respectively. From 2001 to 2006 she worked as an archaeologist and archaeological ceramics specialist (Hazenberg Archeologie, Archol, Jacobs & Burnier, municipal archaeological services of Leiden and Amsterdam, and Leiden University).

Her PhD research at the Department of History at the University of Groningen, contributed to the project The Town as a Body Social, c.1300-1650. Van Oosten obtained her PhD degree in January 2014. Whilst working on her PhD research she accepted a tenure-track position at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, where she lectures on urban and medieval archaeology (MA level) and is a coordinator of the faculty’s fieldwork-related courses and European internships (BA and MA levels).

Together with Richard Jansen, she is contact point for the Leiden Interactie Netwerk. This network stems from the late Professor Willem Willem’s Verbond van Leiden and aims to enhance knowledge exchange and collaboration between academia and professional archaeologists.

Professional activities

In 2014, Roos van Oosten was team leader of the project Mapping pre-industrial sanitation infrastructure in the town of Haarlem. In October 2015, Van Oosten was awarded a NWO-Alfa Meerwaarde grant for a project focussing on mapping pre-industrial sanitation infrastructure in the town of Leiden.

In addition, she is Chairperson of the Dutch Society for Medieval Archaeology (Stichting voor de Middeleeuwse archeologie) and a member of the Editorial Board of the (Dutch) Classification System for Late-Medieval and Post-Medieval Ceramics and Glass (better known as the Deventer System). Van Oosten is editor of the Review Section in the peer-reviewed journal Medieval and Modern Matters ('MMM').

Research interest

Her main interest is in socio-economic topics such as sanitation management, urban hygiene infrastructure and the phenomena of the urban revolution. She is currently exploring the possibilities of extending her PhD topic (the cesspit era in the Netherlands) to a wider geographical area (Northwestern Europe).

Her second research focus is on pre-industrial ceramic distribution patterns and long-term economic trends in the Low Countries. She has published several articles on these topics and hence is keen to tackle related subjects such as the Hanseatic trade in ceramics and the medieval culinary revolution.


Last Modified: 01-02-2016