Patricia Lulof is Associate Professor 1 of Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology (now Amsterdam Centre of Ancient Studies and Archaeology-ACASA) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Since September 2017, she is also director of (R)MA Studies of ACASA. Before her promotion as Associate Professor in 2007, she worked in the same department as an Assistant Professor since 1998. Her expertise focuses on Pre-Roman Archaeology and Archaic roofs, architecture and (digital) building techniques in particular. She is regarded a worldwide specialist in architectural terracottas and decorative roof systems.
Since 2012, she is scientific director of the interdisciplinary 4D Research Lab of the Faculty of Humanities at UvA (since September 2017 with permanent funding), and supervised several successful projects in the context of 3D modelling and ancient architecture, among which The Art of Reconstruction (2012-2013, Faculty Research Priority Area Cultural Heritage and Identity), Archaeology of Architecture (2013-2014, Faculty Research Priority Area Creative Industry-Digital Humanities) and Biographies of Buildings. Virtual Futures for our Cultural Past (2014-2015, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, NIAS).
She initiated the Acquarossa Memory Project in 2015, focusing on themes like the valorization of archaeological sites, the study of chaîne opératoire in archaic architecture, and (refereed) 3D technology in archaeology. In September 2017 she was awarded a KIEM grant (NWO-Creative Industry) with the project Living in the Past. Reconstructing Etruscan Houses in Acquarossa, of which she is PL.
She co-organized three Conferences on Architectural Terracottas in Italy (Deliciae Fictiles II - 1996, IV - 2011 and V (Networks and Workshops. International Conference on Decorative Roof Systems in Italy, Napels 16-18 March 2018) and co-organized the Conference The Age of Tarquinius Superbus. History and Archaeeology, a crucial period for temples and roof construction. She organized the NIAS workshop Rome-Amsterdam in June 2015 and co-organized the interdisciplinary NIAS-Lorentz Centre workshop in June 2017 on Re-enactment, Replication, Reconstruction (with S. Dupré, A. Harris, J. Kursell and M. Stols-Witlox).
She has served on twelve dissertation committees in the Netherlands, Sweden and Italy and has co-supervised several PhD projects. She is theme leader of Materiality and Material Culture in the Amsterdam Research School of Heritage and Memory (AHM) and chairs scientific committees of the 4D Research Lab and the peer-reviewed Deliciae Fictiles series; she is a member of peer-review committees for Studi archeologici "Aracne", Archeologia Classica, Oebalus, Digital Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, and Studi Caeretana (CNR-ISMA) Rome and (Musée du Louvre) Paris and member of the Advisory panel of the Quality and Relevance in Humanities for SEP Research Assessment (Digital Humanities).
The Age of Tarquinius Superbus. Central Italy in the late sixth century BC, P.S. Lulof and Chr. Smith (edd), (Proceedings of the Conference The Age of Tarquinius Superbus. A paradigm shift? November 7-9, 2013, Rome), BABesch Supplements series 29, 2017.
‘The Age of Tarquinius Superbus. Ancient History and Archaeology: an introduction’ (with Chr. Smith), in P.S. Lulof and Chr. Smith (edd), (Proceedings of the Conference The Age of Tarquinius Superbus. Central Italy in the late sixth century BC ( November 7-9, 2013, Rome), Babesch Supplements 29 (2017), 3-13.
‘New perspectives on the roof decorations of Caeretan temples’, in Caere – An Etruscan City. In Honor of Mario A. Del Chiaro. Cities of the Etruscans, Vol. 1. Series Editors, N. de Grummond and L. C. Pieraccini (edd.) 2016, 343-365.
‘Sirene o Arpie. Immagini di donne-ucello nella decorazione dei templi dellItalia preromana’, in C. Pepe, C. Rescigno, F. Senatore (a cura di), Sirene (Scienze e lettere dal 1919) Roma 2016, 47-61 (with L. Opgenhaffen).
‘La Biografia di un Tempio. Le terrecotte architettoniche del tempio di Iuno Sospita a Lanuvio’, in F. Zevi (ed.), Larcheologia del sacro e larcheologia del culto. Sabratha, Ebla, Ardea, Lanuvio. Lanuvio (Atti dei Convegni Lincei 302), Roma 2016, 217-235.
‘Networks and Workshops. Construction of temples at the dawn of the Roman Republic’. In J. Delaine et al. (ed.), Arqueología de la Construcción V. Man-made materials, Engineering and Infrastructure (5th International workshop on the Archaeology of Roman Construction, Oxford 11-12 April 2015), Anejos de AEspA vol. 77 (2016), 331-342.
The Acquarossa Memory Project. Reconstructing an Etruscan Town, Giornale di Archeologia e Calcolatori 28 (2017), 69-78 (with M.H. Sepers).
‘The Greek connection. Terracotta Sculpture at the beginning of the 5th century BC in Italy in A. Moustaka (ed.), Terracotta Sculpture. New Discoveries and New Perspectives’ (Conference at the British School in Athens, 15 May 2015), = MELETAI of the ARCHAEOLOGIKON DELTION XX, in press.
Patricia Lulof's research areas include Pre-Roman Archaeology, Archaic sanctuaries and architecture, Digital humanities and cultural heritage (4D reconstructions), Etruscan archaeology, Visual culture and iconography, Gender and Religion in Antiquity. She is an international specialist in Archaic Roof Decoration in Italy.
New and old research topics in the field of technology, like petrographic analyses and stylistic and constructive studies, have shown a pattern of affinities between the workshops responsible for the construction of the temples and their terracotta roofs, focusing on the unravelling of the chaîne opératoire of building and rebuilding by elites, artisans and architects. Here interconnectivity and network theory is important to identify the characteristics and patterns that specifically shaped artisanal production in sacred contexts and shed light on relations between those in power and social economy.
3D Modelling is a major research tool in reconstructing ancient architecture within their successive phases of creation, function, renovation, and destruction. The usage of visual digital research tools clarifies patterns in the transformations of buildings, from early antiquity until the early modern era. Mapping and modelling is done in two and three dimensions, and across time, which produces a fourth dimension. In this research topic traditional data, derived from archaeological excavations and architectural studies are being transformed into advanced digital 3D models, thus revealing all constructive solutions and detailed building techniques.
Personal details: born 23-11-1955, Haarlem (NL). Master's: University of Amsterdam, 28 February 1986, cum laude; subject: Temple Statues in Latium. Phd: University of Amsterdam, 9 April 1991; Supervisor Prof. J.M. Hemelrijk. Monumental Terracotta Statues from Satricum. A late Archaic group of gods and giants