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Jeroen Oosterbaan

PhD candidate / Guest

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Jeroen Oosterbaan is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Archaeology.

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Jeroen Oosterbaan will conduct the PhD research “From barrels and casks to trade networks” (“Vat op international handel”) between 2019 and 2024. The PhD research is supported by a NWO grant and will focus on trade networks between the 13th and 18th century based on barrels and casks. The Low Countries developed from the Late Middle Ages into one of the most urbanized regions in Europe, with trade as the main engine. Much of the merchandise, such as wine, beer, and herring, was packed in barrels, barrels, and tubs. During city archaeological research and research into shipwrecks, hundreds of people have been dug up in recent years, often with carved bucket marks and property marks. This PhD research investigates for the first time to what extent historically known shifts of trade networks are recognizable in the spatial distribution of archaeologically excavated packaging material.

Teaching activities

Jeroen Oosterbaan is a lecturer archaeology at Saxion University of Applied Science. He provides in lectures for all annual levels and supervises graduation. In addition, Jeroen Oosterbaan is also involved in the Master Applied Archaeology which is offered by Leiden University and Saxion University of Applied Sciences.

Curriculum vitae

Jeroen Oosterbaan studied Mediterranean archaeology at the University of Amsterdam (BA) and provincial roman archaeology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (MA). He gained a great deal of experience in excavating barrels and casks during archaeological field research, which aroused his interest in this find category. His enthusiasm for barrels and casks was further strengthened by the fact that the research in Vlissingen revealed the potential information about trade networks if the archaeological data is combined with archive material and specialist research on wood. In the meantime, the PhD student has published several archaeological research reports in which the elaboration of barrels and casks is included.

PhD candidate / Guest

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology
  • No relevant ancillary activities
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