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Second prize for Nathalie Brusgaard

Nathalie Brusgaard has won second prize (€ 2.000) in the Leiden University Thesis Prizes 2015 with her thesis 'The Social Significance of Cattle in Bronze Age North-Western Europe'

Breaking and making the ancestors

Arjan Louwen (MA) will start a PhD research project on the social and ideological aspects of Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age cremation graves in continental Northwest Europe (1100-500 BC)

Visit to Cambridge

From 12 – 16 May, prof. Fokkens and five RMA students (Kiki de Bondt, Jordy Aal, Mette Langbroek, Gwendolynn de Groote and Bastiaan Steffens) visited Cambridge for a two-day workshop.

Rubicon (NWO) awarded to Dr. Quentin Bourgeois

A Rubicon Grant is awarded to dr Quentin Bourgeois for his reserach project " Walking along Ancestral Lines. Prehistoric barrow alignments from the 3rd Millennium BC in North-Western and Central Europe ". For his research Quentin will be part of the research group of of Prof. Dr. Helle Vandkilde and Mads Holst at the University of Aarhus in Denmark for one year, starting in the summer of 2013.

David Fontijn in "De Wereld leert door" (VARA)

In the new TV show "De Wereld leert door" (The world learns) every evening at 22:30 (NED3) a scientist is interviewed about his or her research. On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, Dr. Fontijn was a guest in the program and spoke with Matthijs van Nieuwkerk about his research on ritual ceremonies in  the Bronze Age.

Marie Louise Sørensen Professor in Bronze Age Studies

The Faculty of Archaeology has appointed Dr Marie Louise Sørensen as Professor in Bronze Age Studies in the European Prehistory research group from 1st September 2012. Prof. Sørensen is a Reader in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge (Fellow of Jesus College).

Early Iron Age princely grave on display

In August 2010 the Faculty of Archaeology conducted an excavation in the Maashorst-area, situated in the northeastern part of Brabant. Besides the expected urns with cremation remains, an inhumation from the same period was also uncovered. The grave contained an extraordinarily rich set of grave goods. It turned out to be a so-called "princely grave", dating to the Early Iron Age.

Veni research Roy van Beek

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research has awarded dr. Roy van Beek a Veni grant for the research project Deconstructing stability. This project amongst others aims to reconstruct the late prehistoric landscape and habitation development of the Twente region (eastern Netherlands) by using computer simulations, in cooperation with researchers of Wageningen University.

NWO-multiple project for Prof. Harry Fokkens

The Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research has honored the application of Prof. Harry Fokkens for the research project entitled "Farmers of the coast, coastal farming communities on the southern North Sea coast, 2000-800 BC ". The proposed project focuses on the extensively excavated but poorly published archaeological sites of West-Frisia as case studies of coastal farming communities. The research will deliver a coherent image of coastal populations of the Bronze Age in West-Frisia.

Research activities

The research traditionally had two foci. The first dealt with the Neolithization process in northwest Europe, the second with the emergence and transformation of the cultural landscapes of Bronze and Iron Age farming communities.