M. van der Schriek

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Research interests

  1. (Modern) Conflict Archaeology
  2. Landscape Archaeology
  3. Landscapes of memory
  4. (Cultural) Heritage
  5. Community Archaeology


Work title PhD-research

Buried Landscapes of War. The archaeology and heritage of the Second World War in The Netherlands.


The study of conflict and war has emerged over the last decade as a new sub-discipline of archaeology. The development of key methodologies was started in the 1980s in the U.S.A., when the methodology of using metal detectors to locate spent bullets was first used. In the last decade archaeology of the recent past has developed into an accepted research area in the neighboring countries. For Dutch academic archaeology, this situation has led to a large deficit in the field of academic research, as well as in the conservation and management of war heritage. Conflict Archaeology does not only make documentary based interpretations of “What happened” but also both recontextualises and individualizes the participant in conflict. The accent of the research study is development of an area with strong potential on many levels, from the fully academic to community and conservation work. This research will contribute to determine the academic potential and the cultural-historical value of features and cultural material of World War II.


The principle aim of the PhD research is to retrieve, assess and interpret the archaeological information and material already gathered in the Netherlands concerning the landscapes of conflict from the Second World War. The project intends to design a Dutch approach of (Modern) Conflict Archaeology, integrating archaeology, heritage research and history on a landscape scale. The research project is strongly connected with the social interest as the Second World War occupies a central part of the collective memory of Dutch society.


In the Netherlands the Archaeology of twentieth-century conflict related sites has still not gained the full attention of the academic world. Despite the paucity of conflict archaeology research in the Netherlands, individual archaeologists participated in the research out of personal interest and/or a particular personal commitment to the features and artefacts they came across during excavations. This PhD research is the first academic research of WWII material in the Netherlands. It will enhance the academic potential of the archaeological research of war landscapes, helps developing a theoretical framework and will contribute significantly to case study approaches.


Overview education

2008-2010 MA in Archaeology and Prehistory: specialisation Western European Archaeology, VU University Amsterdam.

2008-2009 MA in Heritage Studies, VU University Amsterdam.

2005-2008 BA in Archaeology and Prehistory: specialisation Western European Archaeology, VU University Amsterdam.


Relevant academic and extra-academic activities

Jan. 2012-Dec. 2013 Junior researcher at CLUE/VU Amsterdam for the research cluster “Heritage and Memory of Conflict and War.”

Sept. 2011-Dec. 2011 Junior researcher at CLUE/VU Amsterdam: NWO Project “Buried Past of War” (Pilot Study).

November 2010 Internship at excavation former concentration camp Amersfoort.

June-July 2008 Internship at excavation Friedrichsruhe, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Junior Supervisor.

June-August 2007 Internship at excavation L’Amastuola near Taranto, Southern-Italy.

June-July 2006 Internship at excavation Eersel-Kerkebogten.



Schriek, J. van der/M. van der Schriek, 2014: ‘Metal Detecting: Friend or Foe of Conflict Archaeology? Investigation, Preservation and Destruction on WWII sites in The Netherlands’, in: Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage, Vol. 1 No. 3, September, 228-244.

Schriek, M. van der, 2014: ‘De Blauwe Heuvels. De Slag om Narva 1944 en de ondergang van ‘General Seyffardt’’, in: Wereld in Oorlog, Nr. 41, september, 44-51.

Schriek, M. van der, 2014: ‘Dulce et Decorum. Kriegsfreiwillige Caspar René Gregory en Paul Mauk’, in: Wereld in Oorlog, Nr. 39, mei, 7-13.

Schriek, M. van der, 2014: ‘Verborgen verleden. Slagveldarcheologie in Nederland’, in: Wereld in Oorlog, Nr. 38, maart, 40-46.

Schriek, M. van der, 2014: ‘Für Gott, Kaiser und Vaterland! Denen aan het Westfront’, in: Wereld in Oorlog, Nr. 37, januari, 16-22.

Schriek, M. van der, 2013: ‘“Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht…” Het wonderlijke kerstbestand van 1914’, in: Wereld in Oorlog, Nr. 36, november, 20-25.

Schriek, M. van der, 2013: ‘Walter Flex, de vergeten dichter van het Oostfront’, in: Wereld in Oorlog, Nr. 34, juli, 7-12.

Schriek, J. van der/M. van der Schriek, 2013: “Begraven oorlogsverleden.” De wetenschappelijke potentie en cultuurhistorische waarde van archeologische sporen en vondsten uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Literatuuronderzoek. CLUE: VU Amsterdam.

Schriek, J. van der/M. van der Schriek, 2013: ‘Slagveldarcheologie in Nederland’, in: Vitruvius 23/04, 16-20.

Schriek, M. van der, 2013: ‘Europa’s laatste slagveld. Texel en de Georgische opstand’, in: Wereld in Oorlog, Nr. 32, maart, 42-51.

Schriek, M. van der, 2012: ‘Adolf Hitler in de Eerste Wereldoorlog. In de voetsporen van een onbekende korporaal’, in: Wereld in Oorlog, Nr. 30, november, 38-45.

Schriek, J. van der/M. van der Schriek, 2011: ‘Up ewig Ungedeelt!’ Schleswig-Holstein 1864-1920, in: Journal of Conflict Archaeology, Vol. 6 No. 2, June, 146-172.