Professor Ancient technology, crafts and materials
Ann Brysbaert is Professor in Ancient technology, crafts and materials at the Faculty of Archaeology.
Because Ann runs her ERC project as PI she is regularly away from her office for fieldwork and conferences, but she can always be reached by email.
Ann works on aspects of monumental architecture and human ecology in Bronze Age Greece and the East Mediterranean, pre-industrial technologies and related social practices, the integration of science-based studies with theoretical approaches and science-based topics relating to pyrotechnologies, painted plaster and mortars, and workshop contexts.
From 2015 until 2020, Ann is Principal Investigator of an ERC Consolidator Grant project (grant nbr. 646667), based at the University of Leiden, entitled:
‘SETinSTONE. A retrospective impact assessment of human and environmental resource usage in Late Bronze Age Mycenaean Monumental Architecture, Greece’.
Ann continues to work for SETinSTONE on a full-time basis until the end of the project (August 2020). This work often takes her to libraries and archives abroad and, therefore, she is not always present at the Faculty. She can, however, be reached by email.
Since 1998, Ann’s work focussed on the following projects, some are still ongoing:
- 1999-2008: Technologies and social agency of painted plaster in the East Mediterranean Bronze Age
- 2008-2013: Cross-craft interaction in the cross-cultural context of the Late Bronze Age East Mediterranean
In 2007 when still at University of Leicester (U.K.), Ann initiated the ‘Tracing Networks’ project, and together with Lin Foxhall, they applied and received a large Leverhulme Research Grant of 1.8 million pounds for 5 years (2008-2013); this was divided over three UK universities and nine sub-projects. Ann has been the PI for the ‘Cross-craft interaction in the cross-cultural context of the Late Bronze Age East Mediterranean’ project, based at Tiryns, Greece (via Leicester University) and Dr. M. Vetters worked on the project from 2009-13 as research associate. Currently, Ann is finalizing the co-authored monograph on this project: ‘Tracing Local, Regional and Interregional Craft Networks Viewed through a Technological Lens at Late Bronze Age Tiryns. A Comparative Mycenaean Workshop Study. Universitätsforschungen zur Prähistorischen Archäologie. Reihe Heidelberg. Bonn: Rudolf Habelt’.
More details on this Tiryns-based project and its publications.
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Ann has been teaching regularly since 1994, both in the field (first aid for finds on excavations), hands-on and preventive conservation in field and museum laboratories, and in university courses: in class room, in the field and distance learning (Leicester, Glasgow, Bordeaux, Amsterdam). She developed and taught both practical and theoretical courses in the fields of conservation and heritage, Aegean, Greek and East Mediterranean Archaeology, Theory in Archaeology, Ancient Materials and Technologies in the Ancient Greek World, and many others. In Leiden Ann has been (co)teaching in both BA and MA programmes in Material Culture Studies and World Archaeology (Mediterranean Archaeology).
- 2018- Professor of Ancient Technologies, Materials and Crafts, Leiden University, Fac. of Archaeology, The Netherlands, (LU, FdA).
- 2015-20 Principal Investigator of project: SETinSTONE. Awarded an ERC Consolidator grant. LU, FdA
- 2018-20 Expert member of the International Research Program: ‘Material Entanglements in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond’. PIs: prof. M. Feldman (J. Hopkins University, USA), dr. A. Zournatzi (National Research Foundation, Athens, Greece). Funding: J.P. Getty Foundation.
- Athens, Greece). Funding: J.P. Getty Foundation.
- 2016- Member of the Conseil Scientifique International du LaScArBx, University of Bordeaux Montaigne.
- 2015-12/2017 Associate Professor, Material Culture Studies & Archaeological Sciences, LU, FdA.
- 2016-2018 Director of Research, LU, FdA.
- 01-06/2015 Lecturer in Archaeological Sciences, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow, Scotland.
- 2008-2013/4 Principal Investigator of: ‘Cross-Craft Interaction at Tiryns, Greece’ and co-initiator of the ‘Tracing Networks in the Mediterranean and Beyond’ project, funded by Leverhulme Research Grant. Universities of Leicester, Glasgow, and Exeter.
- 2014 Invited Professor, University of Bordeaux Montaigne, Maison Ausonius and LaScArBx, France.
- 2013-15 Senior Marie Curie – Gerda Henkel Research Fellow, M4Human Programme. LU, FdA.
- 2010-13 Senior A. von Humboldt Research Fellow, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
- 2009-13 Academic course tutor for the Distance Learning (DL) MA programme, University of Leicester, School of Museum Studies.
- 2008-12 Professor in Ancient Greek Studies, DIKEMES, Athens, Greece.
- 2004-2009 Lecturer of Archaeology & Anthropology, Collections Care. Programme Director of the DL courses, University of Leicester, Dept. of Museum Studies.
- 2000-2004 PhD degree, University of Glasgow. Supervision: Dr. R.E. Jones, Prof. A.B. Knapp.
- 1998 ICCROM Course: Conservation of Mural Paintings and Related Architectural Surfaces, Rome, Italy.
- 1993-1996 BSc. in Archaeological Conservation, Institute of Archaeology, U.C.L. London, UK.
- 02-04/1991 Erasmus Exchange Programme, Egyptology, Universitat Autonoma & Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.
- 10/1987-09/92 M.A. in Archaeology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven-Belgium. Major in Egyptian and Aegean Archaeology
- Brysbaert A. (2020), Painting biographies. In: Panagiotaki, M.; Papadimitrakopoulos, F.; Tomazos, I. (Eds.) Cutting-Edge Technologies in Ancient Greece: Materials Sciences Applied to Trace Ancient Technologies in the Aegean World. . Oxford: Oxbow Books. 81-88.
- Pakkanen J, Brysbaert A, Turner D & Boswinkel Y. (2020), Efficient three-dimensional field documentation methods for labour cost studies: Case studies from archaeological and heritage contexts, Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage 17.
- Brysbaert A. (2020), ‘Forces of the hands, forces of the lands’. An awareness of physical and social multi-tasking in the agrarian and economic landscape of the Late Bronze Age Argive Plain, Groniek 223: 59-82.
- Brysbaert A. (25 October 2019), Making, Thinking, and Being Together. Past Social practices in Technological Production. (Inaugural address, Archaeology, Leiden). Leiden: Leiden University Press.
- Brysbaert A. (2019), Review of: Schmidt-Hofner, S.; Ambos, C.; Eich, P. (2016) Raum-Ordnung. Raum und soziopolitische Ordnungen im Altertum., Akademiekonferenzen, BABESCH Bulletin Antieke Beschaving 94: 151-153.
- Brysbaert A., Klinkenberg V., Gutiérrez Garcia-M. A. & Vikatou I. (2018), Constructing Monuments, Perceiving Monumentality and the Economics of Building. Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Built Environment.: Sidestone Press.
- Brysbaert A.N. (2018), Constructing monuments, perceiving monumentality: introduction.. In: Brysbaert A., Klinkenberg V., Gutiérrez Garcia-M. A., Vikatou I. (Eds.) Constructing Monuments, Perceiving Monumentality and the Economics of Building. Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Built Environment.. Leiden: Sidestone Press. 21-48.
- Brysbaert A., Klinkenberg V., Boswinkel Y., Turner D., Timonen R., Stoger H. & Sioumpara E. (2018), SETinSTONE: A retrospective impact assessment of human and environmental resource usage in Late Bronze Age Mycenaean Monumental Architecture, Greece., TMA : tijdschrift voor mediterrane archeologie 58: 21-29.
- Brysbaert A. (2018), Tra Terra e Cielo. Cupole e Obelischi nella Cultura Mediterranea. Review of: Santillo Frizell B. (2016) Tra Terra e Cielo. Cupole e Obelischi nella Cultura Mediterranea., Storie del Mondo, 90(8): 723-728.
- Brysbaert A.N. (2017), Technologies and Representations within Bronze Age Aegean Architecture, 47: 75-94.
- Brysbaert A.N. (2017), Buried, wasted, half-done and left-over: searching the absent artisans among their 'rubbish'. In: Brysbaert A. (Ed.) Material Chains in Late Prehistoric Europe and the Mediterranean: Time, Space and Technologies of Production. no. 48 Bordeaux: Maison Ausonius. 97-119.
- Brysbaert A.N., Mans J., Verbaas A., Pomstra D., Jacobs L. & Kuijpers M. (11 August 2017), Making and creating with ages-old knowledge. Handcrafted creations from the past provide solutions for issues today. Leiden: Leiden University [blog entry].
- Brysbaert A.N. (2017), SETinSTONE: an impact assessment of the human and environmental resource requirements in Late Bronze Age Mycenaean monumental architecture, Antiquity 91(358): 1-7.
- Brysbaert A.N., Siozos P., Vetters M., Philippidis A. & Anglos D. (2017), Materials analyses of pyrotechnological objects from LBA Tiryns, Greece, by means of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS): results and a critical assessment of the method, JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE 83: 49-61.
- Brysbaert A. (2017), Artisans versus nobility? Crafting in context: introduction. In: Brysbaert A., Gorgues A. (Eds.) Artisans versus Nobility? Multiple Identities of Elites and ‘Commoners’ Viewed Through the Lens of Crafting from the Chalcolithic to the Iron Ages in Europe and the Mediterranean. Leiden: Sidestone Press. 13-36.
- Brysbaert, A.; Gorgues & A. (2017), Artisans versus Nobility? Multiple Identities of Elites and ‘Commoners’ Viewed Through the Lens of Crafting from the Chalcolithic to the Iron Ages in Europe and the Mediterranean.. Leiden: Sidestone Press.
- Brysbaert A.N. (2016), A tale of technologies: constructing monuments and perceiving monumentality, 43(2)(The Amphora issue): 1-30.
- Vetters M., Brysbaert A., Ntinou M., Tsartsidou G. & Margaritis E. (2016), People and plants: piecing together archaeological and archaeobotanical data to reconstruct plant use and craft activities in Mycenaean Tiryns, Opuscula : annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome 9: 97-126.
- Brysbaert A. & Vetters M. (2015), Mirroring the Mediterranean. Self-image and artisanal networking in 12th century BCE Tiryns, Greece.. In: Babbi A., Bubenheimer-Erhart F., Marín-Aguilera B., Mühl S. (Eds.) The Mediterranean Mirror. Cultural Contacts in the Mediterranean Sea between 1200 and 750 B.C. Proceedings of the International Conference, Heidelberg, October 6th-8th, 2012. Mainz: RGMZ. 167-181.
- Brysbaert A. (2015), Multiple chaînes opératoires and cross-craft interaction: a holistic approach to workshop studies at Mycenaean and post-Mycenaean Tiryns, Greece.. In: Brysbaert A. (Ed.) Mycenaeans-up-to-date. Conference held Athens November 2010.. Stockholm: Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Institutet i Athen. 151-159.
- Brysbaert A.N. (2015), Set in stone? Constructed symbolism viewed through an architectural energetics’ lens at Bronze Age Tiryns, Greece, Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 45: 91-105.
- Brysbaert A.N. (2015), Set in Stone? Technical, socio-economic and symbolic considerations in the construction of the Cyclopean-style walls of the Late Bronze Age Citadel at Tiryns, Greece, Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 45: 69-90.
- Foxhall L., Rebay-Salisbury K., Brysbaert A.N., Fiadeiro J., Harding A., Haselgrove C., Tuosto E., van Dommelen P. & Whitbread I. (2015), Tracing Networks: technological knowledge, cultural contact and knowledge exchange in the Ancient Mediterranean and beyond. In: Barker E., Bouzarovski S., Pelling C., Isaksen L. (Eds.) New Worlds out of Old Texts: Developing Techniques for the Spatial Analysis of Ancient Narratives. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 281-300.
- Klinkenberg V. & Brysbaert A.N. (2015), www.setinstone.eu (15259). [website]
- Rebay-Salisbury K., Brysbaert A. & Foxhall L. (2014), Material cross-overs: introduction.. In: Rebay-Salisbury K., Brysbaert A., Foxhall L. (Eds.) Material Crossovers. Knowledge Networks and the Movement of Technological Knowledge between Craft Traditions. London: Routledge. 1-6.
- Rebay-Salisbury K., Brysbaert A.N. & Foxhall F. (Eds.) (2014), Material Crossovers. Knowledge Networks and the Movement of Technological Knowledge between Craft Traditions Routledge Studies in Archaeology no. 13. London: Routledge.
- Brysbaert A.N. (2014), Talking shop: multicraft workshop materials and architecture in prehistoric Tiryns, Greece. In: Rebay-Salisbury K., Brysbaert A.N., Foxhall L. (Eds.) Material Crossovers. Knowledge Networks and the Movement of Technological Knowledge between Craft Traditions. Routledge Studies in Archaeology no. 13 London: Routledge. 37-61.
- Gorgues A., Brysbaert A. & Armbruster B (2014), Nobility versus artisans? The multiple identities of elites and "commoners" viewed through the lens of materials and technologies during the European Bronze and the Iron Ages. EAA Pilsen Sept 4-8, 2012, session report., 40: 77-80.
- Brysbaert A.N. (2014), SETinSTONE. Assessing human and environmental resource use in LBA Mycenaean Monumental Architecture, Greece. Archaeology in Transition Symposium 25 9 2014-26 9 2014 [conference poster].
- Brysbaert A. (2013), Set in Stone? Socio-economic reflections on human and animal resources in monumental architecture of Late Bronze Age Tiryns in the Argos Plain., Arctos 47: 49-96.
- Brysbaert A.N. (2013), The painted plaster from the Plakes House at Mycenae. A technological report. In: Iakovidis S. (Ed.) Ανασκαφές Μυκηνών. IV. Η Οικία στις Πλάκες. Athens: Archaeologiki Etaireia. 245-256.
- Brysbaert A.N. & Vetters M. (2013), A moving story about exotica: objects’ long-distance production chains and associated identities at Tiryns, Greece , Opuscula : annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome 2013(6): 175-210.
- Brysbaert A. (2013), ‘The Chicken or the Egg?’ Interregional Contacts Viewed Through a Technological Lens at Late Bronze Age Tiryns, Greece, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 32(3): 233-256.
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