Wim Kemme MA

  • PhD candidate

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6317
E-Mail: a.w.a.kemme@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 B106

PhD research

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Material culture and exchange in the Carolingian Netherlands.
Supervisor: Prof. dr. F.C.W.J. Theuws



Wim graduated in Archaeology in 2007 at the University of Amsterdam. His MA thesis dealt with a Merovingian cemetery in Maastricht which was excavated during the early 1980’s. Soon after graduating Wim started work as an archaeologist at the archaeological company BAAC bv where he helped excavate sites of various types and periods throughout the Netherlands and Flanders.  


Wim is part of the research group ‘Charlemagne’s Backyard? Rural society in the Netherlands in the Carolingian Age. An archaeological perspective’. This group consists of three archaeology PhD candidates (Leiden University) and one postdoctoral historian (University of Utrecht). The team aims to generate new ideas on the nature of the Carolingian economy based on archaeological data from the Netherlands, combined with a study of written evidence concerning manorialisation and landholding.

Within this research Wim will focus on the material culture of the Carolingian period in the Netherlands. Archaeologically speaking the Carolingian period (c. 725-900) differs in many respects from the preceding Merovingian period (500-725). Clearly observable is an almost complete change in the material culture such as the pottery used, the types of metal objects and coinage. After creating an overview of find assemblages from a series of different types of settlements distributed over various regions in the Netherlands a comparison will be made of the find ensembles in different regions in order to grasp and interpret general consumption patterns and to explain what they mean in terms of networks and communication.

Various possible models for the distribution and consumption of imported goods will be investigated, ranging from straightforward trade and market exchange to exchange within the context of specific social or power relations. We will also analyze the extent to which peasant economic agency may be responsible for producing and distributing part of their material culture.

Last Modified: 01-02-2016