Prof. dr. Ruurd Halbertsma

  • Extraordinary Professor in the field of Museum Archaeology
  • Classical Languages, Ancient History and Archaeology, Museum Archaeology

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 516 3154
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, Archaeological Heritage, Archaeological Heritage Management
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A0.07a
Personal Homepage:​onderzoek/​staf/​conservator-klassieke-wereld

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Ruurd Binnert Halbertsma (Amersfoort, 1958) studied Classical Languages, Ancient History and Archaeology at the Leiden University. He undertook fieldwork in Italy and carried out research in Greece, Turkey, Italy and Tunisia. During his studies, he became interested in the history of archaeological collecting in Europe and the specific role of the Netherlands in this respect. This interest resulted in his PhD dissertation on the origin of 19th century Dutch collections of Classical and Egyptian art (1995). In 2003 he published ‘Scholars, Travellers and Trade’, a monograph on the early history of archaeology in the Netherlands.

In his function as Curator of the Classical Department in the National Museum of Antiquities he organized exhibitions on various subjects: Sigmund Freud and Antiquity (1994), Asterix: Reality and Myth (2001), Ancient Glass (2006), Ancient Jewellery (2007), Masterpieces in Plaster (2008), Terracottas (2009) and Antiquities from the Collections Lugt and Kröller-Müller (2010). As Professor of Museum Archaeology he is responsible for raising wider awareness of results of archaeological research and concerned with the important role that museums can and must play in transmitting past lessons to the audience of today.





Last Modified: 01-02-2016