Drs. Eef Stoffels
- PhD student
Eef Stoffels was granted a Drs degree (MA) in archaeology in 2006 at the University of Amsterdam. She wrote her master’s thesis on handmade indigenous pottery from the early Roman army camps (castra) on the Hunerberg in Nijmegen (19-12BC). Her conclusions on what this pottery can tell us about the relationship between the Roman military and the local population groups have recently been published in the TRAC 2008 Proceedings. Upon concluding her studies Eef Stoffels worked as a field archaeologist and pottery specialist for the AAC/Projectenbureau (UvA) and participated in several projects, among which the 2007-2008 Forum Hadriani campaign at Voorburg. In November 2009 she started her PhD-research at Leiden University.
Between 1985 and 1995 extensive field campaigns were conducted on the ‘Kops Plateau’ in Nijmegen. These were headed by prof. Willems, then director of the State Archaeological Service (ROB). The remains of three subsequent Roman army camps were revealed, dating between 12 BC and 69 AD. The dissertation will form part of the ‘NWO/Odyssey-longitudinal’ funded programme `Nijmegen Kops plateau: A Roman fort`, applicants drs. H. van Enckevort (Municipality of Nijmegen) and prof. dr. W. J. H. Willems (promotor). The original field data (drawings and find databases) are being digitally reworked in a collaborative setting between the municipality of Nijmegen, Auxilia and Leiden University (the PhD-candidate).
The PhD research itself focuses on the analysis of these digitally recreated datasets and the interpretation of the site as a whole. The starting point is that form should not be confused with function: the ‘labelling’ of structures should be avoided. Contextual analysis of objects lays the foundation for the interpretation of the interaction between people and the buildings, structures and the fort itself; in other words: the way, and by whom, these buildings were used. From the bottom up it will become possible to address questions dealing with functionality, meaning and identity. Research questions deal with the chronology of the fort on the Kops Plateau, the function of separate buildings, the nature of the site and of its inhabitants, its embedding in and its significance for the local area and population as well as the grander Roman military strategies.