Vision, Mission, Research objectives and Research Profile

The vision, mission, research objectives and research profiles of the department of the Roman provinces, the Middle Ages and the Modern Period.


The department holds the view that the archaeology of the Roman Period, the Middle Ages and the Modern Period can only be succesfull if it is of a truly interdisciplinary nature. It is the engagement with a variety of data, the results of research in other disciplines and the theoretical positions taken in by scholars in fields such as history, anthropology, art history, linguistics and sciences that the archaeology of this period can truly develop. Moreover it is our view and ambition that archaeology will take in a central position in this interdiciplinary engagement with the Roman, Medieval and Modern Past.


The modern period archaeology that is theoretically innovative, that connects the often separated archaeologies of these periodes in various regions in Eurazia, that embeds the archaeology of the Netherlands in this international field and that integrates to a high degree new scientific methods.

Research objectives

The objectives of the research group are:

  1. To concentrate research on studies of a synthetic nature;
  2. To analyse and publish those datasets from the Netherlands from the Roman period, the Middle Ages and the Modern Period that are of an international outstanding quality;
  3. To relate studies of the research period in western Europe with those in the Near East and Eurazia and thus contribute to a better understanding of Roman, medieval and modern globalization;
  4. To create an international outstanding research group in the fields of Roman, medieval and modern period archaeology.

Research Profile

The chairgroup builds on the expertise of its individual members in creating its research profile. It will be focused on:

  1. ‘Frontier societies’ and their dynamic development in Roman times (0-400)
    Infrastructure, water management, connectivity, logistics, identities
  2. Migration – Mobility – Identity: post Roman Europe (400-1000)
    Connectivity, identities, social differentiation, economy
  3. Urbanisation in late Medieval and Modern Europe (1000-1800)
  4. The archaeology of the Dutch expansion 16th-19th century

Last Modified: 06-01-2016