prof. dr. N.G.A.M. Roymans

+31 20 59 86369
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n.g.a.m.roymans@vu.nl
fac. der geesteswetenschappen ( gesch/oudh/k&c )
Chair: Westeuropean Archaeology (Archeologisch Centrum Vrije Universiteit -ACVU-)

General

Chair:            Westeuropean Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient Studies
Office hours:
 All days, except on Fridays

Master’s programmes as well as research of the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient Studies are organized within dynamic, international oriented knowledge centres. Researchers participate in the research institute CLUE+ (for the heritage and history of Cultural Landsccapes and Urban Environment). The joint master’s programmes of VU University and the University of Amsterdam are provided by the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). Thanks to the partnership of the two universities, students can choose from a wide range of subjects, allowing them to develop as scholars in many different specialisms in the field of Classics, Ancient Studies en Archaeology.

Research interests

a. Field archaeology and landscape archaeology;
b. the archaeology of Celto-Germanic society;
c. the transformation of rural society in the Roman North;
d. ethnicity and ethnogenesis in the Roman empire;
e. the archaeology of conflict and mass violence in Antiquity
f. Celtic coinage

Teaching

Roymans gives a wide range of courses within the bachelor programme of Archaeology and the master's and research master's programmes of ACASA, including:

·         Prehistorie van Nederland
·         Late Iron Age Societies in North Western Europe
·         Villa landscapes in the Roman North
·         Perspectives on ancient landscapes
·         The archaeology of conflict

Research

Roymans was Principal Investigator of several research programs, all funded by the Dutch Science Organisation (NWO) and each including several projects for PhD students and/or postdocs.

A. ‘The Batavians: Ethnic identity in a frontier situation’.
B. ‘The biography of a sandy landscape: cultural history, heritage management and spatial planning in the Southern Netherlands’
C. ‘Rural communities in the civitas Batavorum and their integration into the Roman empire’
D. ‘Roman villa landscapes in the North: economy, culture, life-styles’
E. ‘The villa of Hoogeloon. Key-site in the Roman rural landscape of the Lower Rhine frontier zone between limes and löss’.

At this moment he is supervising the following research programme:

F.  ‘Decline and Fall? Social and cultural dynamics in the Low Countries in the Late Roman empire  (with prof. W. Declercq, Gent University) 

Archaeological fieldwork:
Roymans is scientific Director of a wide range of archaeological fieldwork projects in the Netherlands. Most excavations are carried out by the commercial company VU-HBS, but they are often linked to and relevant for the research agenda of the Archaeological Department. Among the recently investigated sites are Roman-period rural settlements in the Dutch river area (Tiel-Passewaay, Geldermalsen), major Roman temple sites (Kessel, Elst), and multi-period settlement excavations in the sandy landscape of the Southern Netherlands (Weert, Nederweert, Someren, Veldhoven).

Publications (selection)

Principal books

  • Roymans, N./T. Derks/H.A. Hiddink, 2015: The Roman villa of Hoogeloon and the archaeology of the periphery, Amsterdam (Amsterdam University Press).
  • Roymans, N./G. Creemers/S. Scheers, 2012: Late Iron Age gold hoards from the Low Countries and the Caesarian conquest of Northern Gaul, Amsterdam (Amsterdam University Press).
  • Roymans, N./T. Derks (eds), 2011: Villa landscapes in the Roman North. Economy, culture and lifestyles, Amsterdam (Amsterdam University Press).
  • Derks, T./N. Roymans (eds), 2009: Ethnicconstructs in Antiquity.The role of power and tradition, Amsterdam (Amsterdam University Press). Open Access edition: http://dare.uva.nl/aup/en/record/301890
  • Roymans, N./T. Derks/S. Heeren (eds), 2007: Een Bataafse gemeenschap in de wereld van het Romeinse rijk. Opgravingen te Tiel-Passewaaij, Utrecht.
  • Roymans, N., 2004: Ethnic identity and imperial power. The Batavians in the Early-Roman empire, Amsterdam (Amsterdam University Press). Open Access edition:  http://dare.uva.nl/aup/en/record/172930
  • Theuws, F./N.Roymans (eds.), 1999: Land and Ancestors. Cultural dynamics in the Urnfield period and the Middle Ages in the Southern Netherlands, Amsterdam (Amsterdam University Press). Open Access edition:  http://dare.uva.nl/aup/en/record/172372
  • Roymans, N., 1996 (ed.): From the sword to the plough. Three studies on the earliest romanisation of Northern Gaul, Amsterdam (Amsterdam University Press). Open Access edition:  http://dare.uva.nl/aup/en/record/19675
  • Roymans, N./F. Theuws (eds), 1991: Images of the Past. Studies on Ancient Societies in Northwestern Europe, Amsterdam (Studies in Prae and Protohistorie 7).
  • Roymans, N., 1990: Tribal societies in Northern Gaul. An anthropological perspective, Amsterdam (Cingula 12).

Selection of recent articles

  • Roymans, N./M. Fernández-Götz, 2015: Caesar in Gaul. New perspectives on the archaeology of mass violence, in T. Brindle/M. Allen/E. Durham/A. Smith (eds), TRAC 2014. Proceedings of the Twenty Fourth Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Oxford, 70-80.
  • Fernández-Götz, M./N. Roymans, 2015: The politics of identity: Late Iron Age sanctuaries in the Rhineland, Journal of the North Atlantic 8,18-32.
  • N. Roymans, N./H. Huisman/J. van der Laan/B. van Os, 2014: La Tène glass armrings in Europe. Interregional connectivity and local identity construction, Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt 44, 215-228.
  • Roymans, N./L. Verniers 2013 (2010): Glass La Tène bracelets in the Lower Rhine region. Typology, chronology and social interpretation, Germania 88, 195-219.
  • Roymans, N./S. Scheers, 2012: Eight gold hoards from the Low Countries. A synthesis, in N. Roymans/G. Creemers/S. Scheers (eds), Late Iron Age gold hoards from the Low Countries and the Caesarian conquest of Northern Gaul, Amsterdam (AAS 18), 1-46
  • Roymans,N./T. Derks, 2011: Studying villa landscapes in the 21st century. A multi-dimensional approach, in N. Roymans/T. Derks (eds), 2011: Villa landscapes in the Roman North. Economy, culture and lifestyles, Amsterdam (AAS 17), 1-44.
  • Roymans, N., 2009: Hercules and the construction of a Batavian identity in the context of the Roman empire, in T. Derks/N. Roymans (eds.), Ethnic constructs in Antiquity. The role of power and tradition, Amsterdam (Amsterdam Archaeological Studies, 13), 219-238.
  • Roymans, N./F. Gerritsen/C. Van der Heijden/K.Bosma/J. Kolen, 2009: Landscape biography as research strategy. The case of the South Netherlands Project, Landscape Research 34, 337-359.
  • Roymans, N., 2007: On the latènisation of Late Iron Age material culture in the Lower Rhine/Meuse area, in S. Möllers/W. Schlüter/S. Sievers (eds), Keltische Einflüsse im nördlichen Mitteleuropa während der mittleren  und jüngeren vorrömischen Eisenzeit, Bonn, 311-325.
  • Roymans, N.,  2007: Understanding social change in the Late Iron Age Lower Rhine region, in C. Haselgrove/T. Moore (eds), The Later Iron Age in Britain and beyond, Oxford, 478-491.
  • Roymans, N.,  2007: Understanding social change in the Late Iron Age Lower Rhine region, in C. Haselgrove/T. Moore (eds), The Later Iron Age in Britain and beyond, Oxford, 478-491.
  • Gerritsen, F./N. Roymans, 2006: Central places and the construction of tribal identities. The case of the Late Iron Age Lower Rhine region, in C. Haselgrove (ed.), Les mutations de la fin de l’Âge du Fer, Glux-en-Glenne (Collection Bibracte 12/4), 251-266.
  • Derks, T./N. Roymans, 2006: Returning auxiliary veterans in the Roman empire: some methodological considerations, Journal of Roman Archaeology 16, 121-135.
  • Roymans, N./ J. Aarts, 2005: Coins, soldiers and the Batavian Hercules cult. Coin deposition in the sanctuary of Empel in the Lower Rhine region, in C. Haselgrove/D. Wigg (eds), Iron Age coinage and ritual practices, Mainz (Studien zu Fundmünzen der Antike 20), 337-359. 

Abstract latest English language book

Roymans, N./T. Derks/H.A. Hiddink, 2015: The Roman villa of Hoogeloon and the archaeology of the periphery, Amsterdam (Amsterdam University Press).

This book is about the Roman villa complex of Hoogeloon, a key-site for the understanding of the impact of empire on a peripheral region in the Roman North. The volume is not a simple site report but the synthesis of an academic research programme. It offers an original, multi-dimensional perspective on the social dynamics that led to the development of a large villa in the relatively poor and peripheral hinterland of the Lower Rhine limes. A central role is attributed to agency and the interplay of military and urban networks and native social structures such as that of the local people of the Texuandri. At the same time the book offers a synthesis of one of the best investigated rural areas of the Roman empire. Themes discussed include town-country relations, monetization, the agrarian economy of the region, changing settlement systems, and the ethnic identity of the inhabitants. This collection of essays written by leading specialists in the field offers a fresh perspective on the integration of marginal areas in the Roman empire and is essential reading for anyone interested in the comparative analysis of the Roman countryside.

Professional activities

1996 – present: Chair editorial board Amsterdam Archaeological Studies (Amsterdam University Press).
2009: Korrespondierendes Mitglied des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Berlin.
2010: Huijbregtsenprijs voor Wetenschap en Samenleving
2008-2009: Mitglied Wissenschaftlichen Beirat Ausstellungsprogramm 2000 Jahre Varusschlacht
2010- present: Mitglied Wissenschaftlichen Beirat Ausgrabungsprogramm Kalkriese

Links

Academia.edu
VUhbs
ACASA
CLUE+

Biography

- born August 27th, 1954, Bladel (Netherlands);
- married and father of two children;
- hobbies: cycle-racing, jogging, enjoying rural landscapes
- 1987: PhD  Thesis University of Amsterdam
- 1989-1994: Leader (together with dr. Frans Theuws) of the  PIONIER project ‘Power and Elite’ funded by the Dutch Science Organisation
- 1990: Forschungsstipendium Alexander von Humbuldt-Stiftung, Forschungsinstitut für Vor- und Früggeschichte, RGZM, Mainz
- 1994-1998: assistant professor University of Amsterdam, Instituut voor Pre en Protohistorie
- 1998- today: Chair Roman Archaeology and Prehistory, Archaeological Centre, VU University  Amsterdam

Nevenwerkzaamheden

Centraal College van Dekundigen - Collegelid Gouda, 02 januari 2014
Laatste wijzigingen Nevenwerkzaamheden: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017