In February 2007, I took up my current post as Associate Professor at the Amsterdam Archaeological Centre. Before, I was director of the Netherlands Institute in Athens. I acquired my PhD degree in 1999 with a dissertation on Mycenaean pottery in the Levant, Cyprus and Italy.
My teaching assignment is Greek archaeology, with an emphasis on the pre- and protohostoric periods. In addition, I teach courses concerning archaeological theory, the history of the discipline and museumarchaeology.
One of my research interests revolves around the subject of Mediterranean interconnections of pre- and protohistoric Greece. As such, the western periphery of Greece, has my particular attention, as is also clear from my fieldwork on the Ionian island of Zakynthos. The Zakynthos project is embedded in wider research on the interconnections between Greece, Italy and the Adriatic in prehistory.
In addition, I am interested in the social context of Archaeology and the history of archaeology. In teaching and research, I address notions of authenticity and the presentation of the past in puiblications, museums and at archaeological tourist sites. In particular, I am interested in the relations between archaeological methodology and scholarly and popular interpretations of the past. In this framework, I have begun new research concerning the Archaeology of Archaeology at Ancient Troy.
Since 2005, I have been directing archaeological fieldwork on the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian sea. The Zakynthos Archaeology project is a cooperation between the Ephorate of Antiquities at Zakynthos and the Netherlands Institute at Athens. Aim of the project is to relate the spatial and diachronic distribution of finds to the dynamics of the landscape of the island. To this aim a variety of researches are carried out, such archaeological survey and excavation, geological mapping, remote sensing, interviewing and others. For more information, see websites below.
Since 2016, I am participating at excavations at Ancient Troy in Turkey. The excavations are directed by Professor Rüstem Aslan from from Çanakkale Onzekiz Mart University in Turkey. Since 2017, the research by the University of Amsterdam revolves around the theme of the Archaeology of Archaeology at Ancient Troy.