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Mark Driessen

Assistant professor

Name
Dr.ir. M.J. Driessen
Telephone
+31 71 527 1756
E-mail
m.j.driessen@arch.leidenuniv.nl
ORCID iD
0000-0003-3378-9418

Office days

No fixed dates

Research

As from 2011 Mark started a joint venture project with dr. Fawzi Abudanah of the Al Hussein Bin Talal University (Petra/Wadi Musa, Jordan) concerning the site of Udhruh. This town – 12 km east of the rose-red city of Petra – housed an important Nabataean settlement, is best known for the presence of a Roman legionary fortress and became a major regional centre in Byzantine and Islamic times. The interdisciplinary Udhruh Archaeological Project started with a field-survey program, small-scale excavations and diverse GIS-related and subsurface-detection techniques of a 48km² research area in the region around this town. A massive transformation could be observed in the organisation of water resources, agricultural systems and settlement patterns as well as communication networks which allowed for an active exploitation of the Udhruh region and turning parts of the steppe into green oases. We can conclude that the research area around the town of Udhruh is one of the most complete and best preserved field ‘laboratories’ to study the long-term development of innovative water management and agricultural systems in Southern Jordan throughout the Nabataean, Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic periods (2nd century BCE – 10th century CE). For the coming years this research program will focus on the diachronic reconstruction of the antique agro-hydrological techniques which were employed to cultivate this (semi-)arid landscape and the societal conditions that contextualised them. An international and interdisciplinary research team will examine, in close cooperation with the local communities, what the key to this water management and agricultural success was in ancient times. Next to that do we aim that this gained knowledge can be used for future regional agricultural applications.

Curriculum vitae

Mark graduated at Wageningen University (tropical forestry and agriculture) and worked for many years in Africa and South America. After returning to The Netherlands he started working as a field archaeologist and studied Provincial Roman Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam and obtained his PhD on the topography, settlement continuity and monumentality of Roman Nijmegen at the same university. He excavated and worked on the Roman harbour of Voorburg-Arentsburg (Forum Hadriani). Since 2011 he is Assistant Professor in Provincial Roman Archaeology at Leiden University and director of the Udhruh Archaeological Project (Jordan).

Teaching

My teaching relates to general classes (theory and history of archaeology), practical skills (fieldwork and material culture practicals) and thematic-regional courses (Provincial Roman Archaeology of Northwest Europe and the Middle East). I teach classes from the BA1 up to the RMA and supervise Bachelor and Master theses. I have teaching experience at the University of Leiden, University of Amsterdam, Free University (Amsterdam) and Campus The Hague and enjoy training students on field skills in Jordan.

Assistant professor

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B1.24

Contact

  • Driessen M.J. (2020), Provenance analysis of marble ecclesiastical elements from the extra-mural Byzantine Church of Udhruh (South Jordan) [Christian Perseverance in the Southern Levant: religious transformations in Udhruh (Jordan)] (translation: Al-Bashaireh K., Abudanah F. & Driessen M.J.), Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12: 26. article in journal: refereed
  • Driessen M.J. & Abudanah F. (2019), The Udhruḥ Intervisibility: Antique Communication Networks in the Hinterland of Petra. In: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan 13. Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan. 453-474. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. & Abudanah F. (2018), A new early Christian inscription from the church of Udhruh (South Jordan). In: Kars M., Oosten R. van, Roxburgh M.A., Verhoeven A. (Eds.) Rural riches & royal rags? Studies on medieval and modern archaeology, presented to Frans Theuws. Zwolle: SPA Uitgevers. 184-188. book chapter
  • Ivleva T., Bruin J. de & Driessen M.J. (Eds.) (2018), Embracing the Provinces: Society and Material Culture of the Roman Frontier Regions. Oxford: Oxbow Books. editorship of book
  • Driessen M.J. (2018), Nice Meating: The canabae legionis livestock market at Nijmegen revisited. In: Ivleva T., Bruin J. de, Driessen M.J. (Eds.) Embracing the Provinces: Society and Material Culture of the Roman Frontier Regions. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 121-132. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. (2018), The logistic function of the Rhine-Meuse delta in the Roman period: the harbour town of Voorburg-Arentsburg as a case-study. In: Carnap-Bornheim C. von, Daim F., Ettel P., Warnke U (Eds.) Harbours as objects of interdisciplinary research – Archaeology + History + Geoscience. no. 34 Mainz: Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum. 437-458. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J., Abudanah & F. (2018), The Udhruh region: A green desert in the hinterland of ancient Petra. In: Zhuang Y., Altaweel M. (Eds.) Water Societies and Technologies from the Past and Present. London: UCL Press. 127-156. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. & Abudanah F. (2018), Udhruh, 2016-2017: 92-93. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Bloemers J.H.F., Aarts J.G., Driessen M.J., Lauwerier R.C.G.M. & Robeerst J.M.M. (2018), Verbindung (Artikulation) zwischen zentralem Ort und ländlicher Besiedlung in der Germania inferior: Eine Herausforderung für die Forschung. In: Aufleger M., Tutlies P. (Eds.) Das Ganze ist mehr als die Summe seiner Teile: Festschrift für Jürgen Kunow anlässlich seines Eintritts in den Ruhestand. no. Materialien zur Bodendenkmalpflege im Rheinland 27 Bonn: LVR-Amt für Bodendenkmalpflege im Rheinland. 283-288. book chapter
  • Lith S.E.M. van & Driessen M.J. (2017), Glass and jet. In: Vos W.K., Bakels C.C., Goossens T.A. (Eds.) The Roman villa at Maasbracht. The archaeology and history of a Roman settlement on the banks of the river Meuse (Province of Limburg, The Netherlands). In memory of Willem J.H. Willems. Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia no. 46 Leiden: Leiden University. 151-155. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. (2017), The metalwork. In: Vos W.K., Bakels C.C., Goossens T.A. (Eds.) The Roman villa at Maasbracht. The archaeology and history of a Roman settlement on the banks of the river Meuse (Province of Limburg, The Netherlands). In memory of Willem J.H. Willems. Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia no. 46 Leiden: Leiden University. 157-179. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. (2017), Trade-routes through the steppe, Aspects of globalisation. Mobility, exchange and the development of multi-cultural states : 36-39. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Driessen M.J. (2017), Voorburg-Arentsburg: a Roman harbour with a British connection in the hinterland of the Limes. In: Hodgson N., Bidwell P., Schachtmann J (Eds.) Roman Frontier Studies 2009. Proceedings of the XXI International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies (Limes Congress) held at Newcastle upon Tyne in August 2009. no. 25 Oxford: Archaeopress. 579-585. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. & Abudanah F. (2016), Udhruh Archaeological Project, American Journal of Archaeology 120(4): 667-669. article in journal: refereed
  • Driessen M.J. (2015), Review of Die Canabae von Carnuntum Review of: Doneus, M.; Gugl, C.; Doneus, N. (2013) Die Canabae von Carnuntum. Eine Modellstudie der Erforschung römischer Lagervorstädte. Von der Luftbildprospektion zur siedlungsarchäologischen Synthese., Der Römische Limes in Österreich, Bonner Jahrbücher des LVR-Landesmuseums Bonn und des LVR-Amtes für Bodendenkmalpflege im Rheinland sowie des Vereins von Altertumsfreunden im Rheinlande 214: 393-394. book review
  • Driessen M.J. & Abudanah F. (2015), The Udhruh Archaeological Project – the 2011-2012 Field Survey. In: Vagalinski L., Sharankov, N. (Ed.) Limes XXII Proceedings of the 22nd International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies, Ruse, Bulgaria, September 2012. no. Bulletin of the National Archaeological Institute Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. 297-306. conference paper
  • Driessen M.J. (2014), De levensgeschiedenis van de Romeinse geul/haven van Voorburg-Arentsburg. In: Driessen M.J., Besselsen E. (Eds.) Voorburg-Arentsburg: Een Romeinse handelsstad tussen Rijn en Maas.. no. Themata Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. 141-181. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. (2014), De levensgeschiedenis van het Romeinse aardewerk uit Voorburg-Arentsburg. In: Driessen M.J., Besselsen E. (Eds.) Voorburg-Arentsburg: Een Romeinse handelsstad tussen Rijn en Maas. no. Themata Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. 181-197. book chapter
  • Domínguez Delmás M., Driessen M.J., García-González I., Helmond N. van & Jansma E. (2014), Long-distance oak supply in mid-2nd century AD revealed: the case of a Roman harbour (Voorburg-Arentsburg) in the Netherlands, JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE 41: 642-654. article in journal: refereed
  • Driessen M.J. (2014), Opgravingen in de Romeinse haven van Voorburg – Nieuwpoort, (Sociëteit voor Culturele Samenwerking) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. & Buikema T. (2014), Sporen en structuren uit de (Romeinse) IJzertijd. In: Driessen M.J., Besselsen E. (Eds.) Voorburg-Arentsburg: Een Romeinse handelsstad tussen Rijn en Maas. no. Themata Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. 91-95. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. (2014), Sporen en structuren uit de Romeinse tijd. In: Driessen M.J., Besselsen E. (Eds.) Voorburg-Arentsburg: Een Romeinse handelsstad tussen Rijn en Maas. no. Themata Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. 97-131. book chapter
  • Driessen, M.J., Dijkstra & M. (2014), Sporen, structuren en aardewerk uit de Middeleeuwen en de Nieuwe Tijd. In: Driessen, M.J., Besselsen, E. (Eds.) Voorburg-Arentsburg: Een Romeinse handelsstad tussen Rijn en Maas. no. Themata Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. 133-147. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. & Enckevort H. van (2014), Stedelijke ontwikkeling en landelijke villa’s in de Lage Landen. In: Hupperetz W., Kaper O.E., Naerebout F., Versluys M.J. (Eds.) Van Rome naar Romeins. Amsterdam: W-Books. 129-133. book chapter
  • Driessen, M.J., Heiden & M. van der (2014), Stratigrafie, chronologie en fasering . In: Driessen, M.J., Besselsen, E. (Eds.) Voorburg-Arentsburg: Een Romeinse handelsstad tussen Rijn en Maas. no. Themata Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. 65-75. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. (2014), The History of the Roman River Channel of Voorburg-Arentsburg. In: Driessen M.J., Besselsen E. (Eds.) Voorburg-Arentsburg: Een Romeinse handelsstad tussen Rijn en Maas. no. Themata Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. 199-225. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. (2014), The Roman Harbours of Velsen and Voorburg-Arentsburg (NL).. In: Kennecke H. (Ed.) Der Rhein als europäische Verkehrsachse – Die Römerzeit. no. Bonner Beiträge zur Vor- und Frühgeschichtlichen Archäologie Bonn: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. 209-228. book chapter
  • Driessen M.J. (2014), Udhruh and the rural development in the hinterland of Petra. (Leiden) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. & Abudanah F. (2014), Udhruh Archaeological Project, American Journal of Archaeology 118(4): 670-671. article in journal: refereed
  • Driessen M.J. (2014), Udhruh Archaeological Project (Guest lecture for Friends of RMO; Petra Exhibition). (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2014), Udhruh: een groene oasis in het achterland van Petra (Rijswijk) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen & M.J. (2014), Versierde terra sigillata. In: Driessen, M.J., Besselsen, E. (Eds.) Voorburg-Arentsburg: Een Romeinse handelsstad tussen Rijn en Maas. no. Themata Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. 473-484; 897-955. book chapter
  • Driessen, M.J., Besselsen & E. (2014), Voorburg-Arentsburg: Een Romeinse handelsstad tussen Rijn en Maas no. Themata. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. book
  • Driessen M.J. (2014), Voorburg-Arentsburg: een Romeinse havenstad in de Nederlandse kustdelta.(guest lecture Archeon) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (24 September 2013), Duits hout ingevoerd voor Romeinse haven bij Voorburg. NRC Handelsblad. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Driessen M.J. (2013), Graven naar sponsors (Crowdfunding Udhruh Archaeological Project), Elsevier : 62-63. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Driessen M.J. (17 May 2013), Udhruh Archaeological Project & Crowdfunding for NCRV Lunch!(KRO) [interview]. television or radio interview
  • Driessen M.J. (2013), Antiek Water Management in Udhruh. (Guest lecture for clients of Dunea; Petra Exhibition RMO). (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2013), PASTA course Romeins aardewerk (Amsterdam) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2013), Roman harbours in the Netherlands: The early Roman fort and harbour of Velsen & the Roman harbour town of Voorburg-Arentsburg (Bonn) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2013), Romeins Voorburg: een havenstad tussen Rijn en Maas. (Archeologische Specialistenserie Museon) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2013), The Udhruh Archaeological Project (Assen) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. & Abudanah F. (2013), The Udhruh lines of sight: connectivity in the hinterland of Petra, Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie 50: 45-52. article in journal
  • Driessen M.J. (2013), Udhruh Archaeological Project: cooperation with local communities (Alphen a/d Rijn) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2013), Voorburg: a Roman harbour town between Rhine and Meuse. (Frankfurt) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (27 October 2012), Graven onder de Rook van Petra. Interviewed by Imco Lanting for Nederlands Dagblad(Wetenschap) [interview]. other
  • Driessen M.J. (2012), Archeologie in Nederland en Jordanië. (Arnhemse Montessori School Groups 6-8) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2012), De 2007/8 opgravingen in Voorburg-Arentsburg (Rijswijk) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2012), Fundraising project NGO Women and Children of Udhruh; Udhruh Archaeological Project (at Rotary Bergen) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2012), Settlement Dynamics in Marginal Areas in the Near East. (Amman). (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2012), The Roman city of Voorburg-Arentsburg (Forum Hadriani): a supply centre for the military on the Dutch coast. (Bulgaria) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2012), The Udhruh Archaeological Project: the 2011-2012 field surveys. (Ruse) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2012), Wat is Archeologie? (Arnhemse Montessori School Groups 6-8) (Lecture). other
  • Driessen M.J. (2011), Noviomagus: Mijn eigen Nijmegen, Jaarboek Numaga 2011: 20-37. article in journal: refereed
  • Driessen & M.J. (2010), De versierde terra sigillata. In: Enckevort, H. van, Heirbaut, E.N.A (Eds.) Terra sigillata uit Oppidum Batavorum. Opgravingen op de St. Josephhof in Nijmegen 3. no. Archeologische Berichten Nijmegen Nijmegen: Gemeente Nijmegen, Bureau Archeologie en Monumenten. 7-46. book chapter
  • Meijer, F., Driessen, M., Beek & R. van Beek (2010), Sail Rome!: de koopvaardij in de Romeinse tijd. Amsterdam: Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep. book
  • Driessen & M.J. (2009), The early Flavian timber castra and the Flavian-Trajanic stone legionary fortress at Nijmegen (The Netherlands). In: Morillo, Á., Hanel, N., Martín, E. (Eds.) Limes XX. XXth International congress of Roman frontier studies. no. Anejos de Gladius Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - Ediciones Polifemo. 1245-1256. conference paper
  • Driessen, M., Heeren, S, Hendriks, J., Kemmers, F., Visser & R. (2009), TRAC 2008: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Amsterdam 2008. Oxford: Oxbow Books. book
  • Driessen & M.J. (2007), Bouwen om te blijven: de topografie, bewoningscontinuïteit en monumentaliteit van Romeins Nijmegen (dissertatie Universiteit van Amsterdam). no. Rapportage Archaeologische Monumentenzorg. Amersfoort: Rijksdienst voor Archeologie, Cultuurlandschap en Monumenten. book
  • Driessen & M.J. (2005), Monumentality for Roman Nijmegen. In: Visy, Zs. (Eds.) Limes XIX. Proceedings of the XIXth International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies held in Pecs, Hungary (September 2004). Pécs: University of Pécs. 315-322. conference paper
  • Driessen & M.J. (2005), Unifying aspects of Roman fortresses.. In: Bruhn, J., Croxford, B., Grigoropoulos, D. (Eds.) TRAC 2004: Proceedings of the fourteenth annual theoretical Roman archaeology conference held in Durham (26-27 March 2004). Oxford: Oxbow Books. 157-162. conference paper: refereed
  • Driessen M.J. (2004), Unifying Aspects of Roman Fortresses. [other] other
  • Driessen M.J. (2004), Verenigende Aspecten van Romeinse Forten. [other] other
  • Bloemers J.H.F. & Driessen M.J. (2004), Workshop Central places in Roman Lower Germany: the Army, the Government and the Tribes. Nijmegen. [other] other
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