Prof. dr. Willem Willems

  • Professor for International Archaeological Resource Management
  • Professor for Provincial Roman Archaeology
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Heritage Resource Management
  • World Heritage
  • Provincial Roman Archaeology

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2045
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Heritage
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B203
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Present: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Professor Willem J.H. Willems was dean of the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands from 2006 to 2013. Born in 1950 he studied anthropology and archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA from 1972-1977. He obtained his PhD cum laude from the University of Amsterdam on a dissertation entitled ‘Romans and Batavians’. His work in Roman archaeology includes numerous articles and several monographs, a.o. on the Roman frontier in the province of Germania Inferior. From 1987, he holds the chair of Roman archaeology at the University of Leiden and since 2006 he is also professor of international archaeological heritage management. Until 2006, his work has mainly been in archaeological resource management, as provincial archaeologist and later as deputy director of the Dutch State Archaeological Service (former ROB). From 1989-1999 he was the director of the ROB and State Archaeologist of the Netherlands. He was then involved with the restructuring of the Dutch archaeological heritage management at the Netherlands Ministry of Culture, followed by his appointment as Inspector General for Archaeology. In this capacity he worked until 2006 at the State Inspectorate for Cultural Heritage (Erfgoedinspectie) responsible for overseeing all archaeological work in the country. He participated in the Council of Europe committee that drafted the Malta Convention and was the founding President of the EAC, the Europae Archaeologiae Consilium, the international association of State Archaeologists of all European countries. He has also published extensively on various aspects of archaeological heritage management.  From 1998 to 2003 he served as President of the EAA, the European Association of Archaeologists. Since 2009 he is co-President of the ICOMOS Committee for Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) and occasionally serves as a specialist in the evaluation of nominations for World Heritage Sites.      

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