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Dr. Gert-Jan van Wijngaarden

Dr. Gert-Jan van Wijngaarden
van Wijngaarden
Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam, Room: 2.05
Associate Professor
Projects: Zakynthos Archaeology Project
In February 2007, I took up my current post as Associate Professor at the Amsterdam Archaeological Centre. Before, I was director of the Netherlands Institute in Athens. I acquired my PhD degree in 1999 with a dissertation on Mycenaean pottery in the Levant, Cyprus and Italy. I am married to Virna Harjadi and we have a daughter called Chiara.

My teaching assignment is Greek archaeology, with an emphasis on the pre- and protohostoric periods. In addition, I teach courses concerning archaeological theory, the history of the discipline and museumarchaeology.

My research interests revolve primarily around the subject of Mediterranean interconnections of pre- and protohistoric Greece. As such, the western periphery of Greece, has my particular attention, as is also clear from my fieldwork on the Ionian island of Zakynthos.

In addition, I conduct research with regard to the context of Archaeology and archaeological remains in contemporary society. In particular, I am interested in attitudes of the wider public towards archaeology and their influence on the discipline as a whole.

Since 2005, I have been directing archaeological fieldwork on the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian sea. The Zakynthos Archaeology project is a cooperation between the 35th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and the Netherlands Institute in Athens. Aim of the project is to relate the spatial and diachronic distribution of finds to the dynamics of the landscape of the island. To this aim a variety of researches are carried out, such archaeological survey and excavation, geological mapping, remote sensing, interviewing and others.

Selected bibliography:

- Van Wijngaarden, G.J.M. (2012), ‘Immaterial landscapes: Homeric geography and the Ionian Islands in Greece’, in: Quaternary International #?, pp. ?.

- Van Wijngaarden, G.J.M., M. Tendurus & H. Kars (2010), ‘Long-term effect of seismic activities on archaeological remains: A test study from Zakynthos, Greece’, in: M. Sintubin, I.S. Stewart, T.M. Niemi & E. Altunel (eds.), Ancient Earthquakes, Geological Society of America, pp. 145-156.

- Van Wijngaarden, G.J.M. (2002): Use and appreciation of Mycenaean pottery in the Levant, Cyrus and Italy, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press.

- Crielaard, J.P., V.V. Stissi, G.J.M. van Wijngaarden (eds.) (1999), The complex past of pottery. roduction, circulation and consumption of Mycenaean and Greek pottery (sixteenth to early fifth centuries BC), Amsterdam, Gieben.

- Van Wijngaarden, G.J.M. (1992), Nederlandse archeologie in het buitenland: cultuurbeleid en praktijk, Leiden, Archeologisch Informatie Centrum.

Topics: Geomorphology, Methodology of survey archaeology, Theory of landscape archaeology
Regions: Cycladic Island, Cyprus, Greek Mainland, Ionic Islands, Levant, Peloponnese, Southern Italy
Periods: Bronze Age, Iron Age, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Palaeolithic
Institutes: University of Amsterdam