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mw. L. (Loes) Opgenhaffen MA

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Archeologie
Fotograaf: Anneke Dekker

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    1090 GE Amsterdam
  • About


    I am a PhD candidate in Archaeology and in my research I explore how 3D technology could enhance studies to material culture, specifically pottery studies. I obtained both MA degree in Archaeology (2010) and BA degree in Archaeology and Prehistory (2005) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2012 I assisted dr. P.S. Lulof in the establishment of the 4D Research Lab of the University of Amsterdam, where I continued to work as research-assistant and 3D visualiser of architecture until late 2015. In 2011 I started my company LOPD Visual Solutions that is specialised in (digital) archaeological illustration.

    Research interests

    Although trained as an archaeologist specialised in both illustration and ancient architecture, I became increasingly interested in 3D visualisation. 3D visualisation techniques such as 3D modelling prove not only to be useful as a reconstruction technique, but also a valuable, integrated research tool of lost architecture. Other techniques, such as 3D scanning, which I initially deployed to scan architectural fragments and other objects to recontextualise them in their original (architectural or archaeological) setting, I used to enhance pottery studies. Furthermore, I am fascinated by the history of visualisation techniques in archaeology and how digital visualisation techniques impact modern archaeological method and theory.  

    Current Research

    Tracing the potter's wheel: investigating technological trajectories and cultural encounters in the Bronze Age Aegean

    VIDI project (NWO)

    This project will shed new light on the trajectories of technological innovations within the ancient Aegean, and offer alternative perspectives on how the humanities can address human-object-technology interactions within complex societies. The aim of the project is to assess the appearance of the potter’s wheel as a technological innovation within the Bronze Age Aegean. This approach uses the potter’s wheel as prism through which to investigate the transmission of craft knowledge during these two periods and the configuration of Aegean potting communities through time. A key project objective is to better understand the multi-scalar material, technological and social interactions that facilitated the transmission of the potter’s wheel in this region. A team comprising science-based, experimental and digital specialists work closely together to unravel the diffusion of the potter’s wheel. In this, I explore how 3D technology, in combination with the chaîne opératoire approach, can assist in the identification of forming techniques of pottery. What I find particularly interesting is to investigate whether the same mechanisms are responsible for the introduction of new (3D) visualisation technology in the modern archaeological practice and the introduction of the potter’s wheel as a technological innovation in local workshops.




    Member Scientific Board 4D Research Lab

    Staff member and illustrator Satricum Research Project


    Omgaan met materiële bronnen 2 (Visualisation part; 1st year course)

  • Publicaties


    • Lulof, P. S., & Opgenhaffen, L. (Accepted/In press). Connecting Foundations and Roofs: The Satricum Sacellum and the Sant’Omobono Sanctuary. In C. Potts (Ed.), Custom Made: The Connected World of Central Italic Architecture Oxford University Press.



    • Noordegraaf, J., Opgenhaffen, L., & Bakker, N. (2016). Cinema Parisien 3D: 3D Visualisation as a Tool for the History of Cinemagoing. Alphaville, 11, 45-61. [3]. [details]
    • Revello Lami, M., Opgenhaffen, L., & Kisjes, I. (2016). Pottery goes digital: 3D laser scanning technology and the study of archaeological ceramics. In S. Campana, R. Scopigno, G. Carpentiero, & M. Cirillo (Eds.), CAA2015: Keep the Revolution Going: proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (Vol. 1, pp. 421-431). Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing. [details]


    • Opgenhaffen, L., & Sepers, M. H. (2015). 3D modelling: Crossing traditional boundaries between different research areas. In D. Gonzalez-Aguilera, F. Remondino, J. Boehm, T. Kersten, & T. Fuse (Eds.), 3D-Arch 2015 – 3D Virtual Reconstruction and Visualization of Complex Architectures: 25–27 February 2015, Avila, Spain (pp. 411-414). (The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences; Vol. XL-5/W4). ISPRS. https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-5-W4-411-2015 [details]


    • Lulof, P. S., Opgenhaffen, L., & Sepers, M. H. (2013). The Art of Reconstruction. Documenting the process of 3D modeling: some preliminary results. In A. C. Addison, G. Guidi, L. De Luca, & S. Pescarin (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2013 Digital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHeritage): federating the 19th Int'l VSMM, 10th Eurographics GCH, & 2nd UNESCO Memory of the World Conferences, plus special sessions from CAA, Arqueologica 2.0, Space2Place, ICOMOS, ICIP & CIPA, EU projects, et al.: 28 Oct-1 Nov, Marseille, France. - Volume 2 (pp. 333-337). Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2013.6744774 [details]


    • Opgenhaffen, L. (2011). Sirens on the roof. Identification of terracotta bird-women in Central Italy. In Deliciae Fictiles IV: Architectural Terracottas in Ancient Italy. Images of Gods, Monsters and Heroes. Proceedings of the International Conference held in Rome (Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Royal Netherlands Institute) and Syracuse (Museo Archeologico Regionale ‘Paolo Orsi’ (Rome, October 21-25, 2009) (pp. 50-61). Oxford: Oxbow Books.


    • Lulof, P. S., & Opgenhaffen, L. (2016). Sirene o Arpie: Immagini di donne-ucello nella decorazione dei templi dell’Italia preromana. In C. Pepe, C. Rescigno, & F. Senatore (Eds.), Sirene: Atti del VI ciclo di conferenze 'Piano di Sorrento. Una storia di terra e di mare' Sezione Sirene 2013 (pp. 47-62). Roma: Scienze e lettere dal 1919. [details]


    • Opgenhaffen, L. (2014). Virtuele archeologie en het 4D Research Lab: resultaten en reflecties. TMA: tijdschrift voor mediterrane archeologie, 52, 15-20.


    • Opgenhaffen, L., Jeffra, C. D., & Hilditch, J. R. (2018). Power to the people: 3D archives for exploring ancient ceramic technology. Paper presented at Centre for Digital Heritage meeting 2018, Lund, Sweden.


    • Opgenhaffen, L. (2017). A 3D reference collection of wheel-fashioned pottery. Abstract from European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 23rd Annual Meeting: , Maastricht, Netherlands.


    • Noordegraaf, J. J., Opgenhaffen, L., & Bakker, N. (2016). Cinema Parisien 3D: 3D Visualization as a Tool for Studying the History of Cinema-going. Paper presented at DH Benelux 2016, .


    • Noordegraaf, J. J. (Author), Opgenhaffen, L. (Author), Kisjes, I. (Author), & Bakker, N. (Author). (2016). Cinema Parisien 3D. Digital or Visual Products, Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam / CREATE. Retrieved from http://create.humanities.uva.nl/cinema_parisien/


    • Hilditch, J. (organiser), Jeffra, C. (organiser) & Opgenhaffen, L. (organiser) (2-10-2019 - 6-10-2019). Tracing the Conical Cup Exhibition, Athens, Greece (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Hilditch, J. (organiser), Jeffra, C. (organiser) & Opgenhaffen, L. (organiser) (18-9-2019 - 29-9-2019). Tracing the Conical Cup Exhibition, Heraklion, Greece (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Hilditch, J. R. (participant), Jeffra, C. D. (participant) & Opgenhaffen, L. (participant) (31-8-2017). European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 23rd Annual Meeting:, Maastricht, Netherlands. Tracing the potter’s wheel - 3D techniques for visualising, analysing and interpreting technological innovation in the Bronze Age AegeanAdvances in (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Hilditch, J. (participant), Jeffra, C. D. (participant) & Opgenhaffen, L. (participant) (1-9-2016 - 31-8-2021). Tracing the Potter's Wheel (other).
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