prof. dr. D.G. (Douwe) Yntema

Professor of Mediterranean Archeology Department of Archaeology, Classics and Near Eastern Studies

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Curriculum Vitae

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

Regional archaeology of southeastern Italy (present-day regions of Apulia and Basilicata). The research concerns a wide range of topics: from pottery studies to Romanization and from Greek colonization to landscape archaeology.


Courses on the basics of Greek and Roman archaeology, seminars on the archaeology of pre-Roman Italy, field surveys and landscape archaeology and practical courses concerning the ins and outs of Mediterranean pottery of the first millennium BC and the first millennium AD.


Douwe Yntema participated in excavations in Tunesia, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands between 1970 and 1980. During the 1980s he directed or co-directed fieldwork in southeastern Italy: the Oria Field Survey (1981-1983), the Valesio Urban Survey (1984-1987) and the Valesio excavations (1984-1990). These field works were carried out in close cooperation with Lecce University and the Superintendency at Taranto. In 1998 he was appointed professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit.

The teams of the Vrije Universiteit have carried out field work at the sites of Muro Tenente, San Pancrazio Salentino (both 'urban' surveys and excavations), Muro Maurizio and Cellino San Marco-Masseria Mea (filed surveys) in the Brindisi district (1992-2001) and at the Iron Age site of L’Amastuola 14 km west of Taranto (excavations and field surveys; since 2002). The l'Amastuola team now also cooperates with the prehistorians of the La Sapienza  University at Rome in field work in the southern Murge hills between Taranto and the Adriatic Sea (field directors: drGiulia Recchia for La Sapienza and dr.Gert-Jan Burgers and dr. Jan-Paul Crielaard for the Vrije Universiteit).


a. Monographs (selection):

  • Valesio. Storia di un insediamento apulo dall'età del Ferro all'epoca tardoromana. Fasano, Schena Editore, 1987 (co-author: Joh. S. Boersma). pp. 158.
  • The Matt-Painted Pottery of Southern Italy. 2nd enlarged and up-dated edition. Galatina, Congedo Editore, 1990. pp. 370. ISBN 88-77864280.
  • In Search of an Ancient Countryside. The Free University Field Survey at Oria, Province of Brindisi, South Italy, 1981-1983. Amsterdam, Thesis Publishers, 1993. pp. X, 254. ISBN 90-5170-175-6.
  • DeRomeinse verovering van Zuid-Italië en de ethnos van de Messapiërs. Inaugural lecture Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, November 1998, pp. 30. ISBN 90-5383-634-9.
  • Pre-Roman Valesio. Excavations of the Amsterdam Free University at Valesio, Province of Brindisi, southern Italy Vol. I: The Pottery. Amsterdam, Free University, Institute of Archaeology, 2001. pp. 350. ISBN 90-803032-4-0
  • Conspectus Formarum of Apulian Grey Gloss Wares. 2nd enlarged and corrected edition. Amsterdam, Free University, Institute of Archaeology, 2005. pp.104. ISBN 90-77685-00-6.

b. Papers, (selection, refereed):

  • Le ceramiche e l'artigianato del Salento tra età del ferro e romanizzazione, in: I Messapi, Atti del XXX Convegno Internazionale di Studi sulla Magna Grecia, Taranto 1990, Napoli 1993, 139-184.
  • Greeks, Natives and Farmsteads in Southeastern Italy, in: De Agricultura, In Memoriam Pieter Willem De Neeve (eds. H. Sancisi-Weerdenburg e.a.), J.C. Gieben Publisher, Amsterdam 1993, 78-97.
  • The Settlement of Valesio, South Italy: Final Report on the Field Survey in the Town Area, Bulletin Antieke Beschaving 68 (1993), 45-66.
  • The Artefacts of the Roman Period, in: Mutatio Valentia, The Late Roman Baths at Valesio, Salento (ed. Joh.S.Boersma), Amsterdam, Thesis Publishers, 1995, 265-293.
  • Valesio, Località Santo Stefano: The Medieval Pottery, in: Mutatio Valentia, The Late Roman Baths at Valesio, Salento (ed. Joh.S.Boersma), Amsterdam 1995, 301-312.
  • Romanisation in the Brindisino, Southern Italy: a Preliminary Report, Bulletin Antieke Beschaving 70 (1995), 99-123.
  • Centralisation, early urbanisation and colonisation in a regional context. Dutch excavations and landscape archaeology in central and southern Italy, Saguntum 31 (1998), 125-132 (co-authors: P. Attema, G.-J. Burgers and M. Kleibrink).
  • Case studies in indigenous developments in early Italian centralization and urbanization: a Dutch perspective (co-authors: P.A.J. Attema, G.-J. Burgers, and M. Kleibrink), European Journal of Archaeology 1 nr, 3 (december 1998), 326-381.
  • Town and countryside in pre-Roman southern Italy: a regional perspective, in: Die Ägäis und das westliche Mittelmeer, Beziehungen und Wechselwirkungen 8. bis 5. Jh v. Chr., Akten des Symposions Wien 1999, (ed. F. Krinzinger), Wien 2000, 95-104. (co-author: G.-J. Burgers).
  • Mental Landscapes of Colonization: the ancient written sources and the archaeology of early colonial Greek southeastern Italy, Bulletin Antieke Beschaving 75 (2000), 1-49.
  • Cosmos and chaos in the architecture of pre-Roman southern Italy in the first millennium BC, in: Omni pede stare. Saggi architettonici e circumvesuviani in memoriam Jos de Waele, Studi della Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompeii, Napoli 2005, Electa Editrice, 107-117.
  • The Birth of a Roman Southern Italy: a case study. Ancient written sources and archaeological evidence on the early Roman phase in the Salento district, southern Italy (3rd-1st century BC), Bulletin Antieke Beschaving 81 (2006), 91-133.

Professional activities

  • Member of various assessment committees of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) since 1984
  • Chair of the Archaeology panel of the 1988-89 National Research Assessment
  • Member of the board of the Netherlands School of Archaeological Research (ARCHON), 1997- 2003
  • Member of the advisory boards of the Royal Netherlands Institute at Rome and the Netherlands Institute at Athens.
  • Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW); secretary of the historical section of the KNAW; member of the Council for Humanities of the KNAW.
  • Chair of national foresight commission dealing with the recent changes in archaeological research in the Netherlands (2004-2006).
  • Dean of the Faculty of Arts of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (since september 2006).
  • Judge of the Heineken Prize for History (2006)