Professor of Classical & Mediterranean Archaeology
Dr. Miguel John Versluys (1971) is professor of Classical & Mediterranean Archaeology. He holds a (cum laude) PhD from Leiden University (2001). Subsequently he lectured at the Free University (Amsterdam) before obtaining a post doctoral research fellowship at the Amsterdam Archaeological Centre (UvA). From 2001 to 2005 he conducted field work in Commagene (SE Anatolia) in the framework of the international Nemrud Dağ Project. He returned to Leiden as assistant (then associate) professor in 2006, amongst other things to develop and teach a new curriculum for Hellenistic and Roman Archaeology. In 2010 he obtained a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific research (NWO) to build up his own research group. At present there are five PhD students attached to this project. In 2011 he was invited as guest professor at Université de Toulouse II – Le Mirail. Dr. Versluys’ main research interest is cultural interaction in the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean, Near East and Egypt. He published a monograph on the meaning of Aegyptiaca Romana and co-organises a series of international conferences on the theme that have so far resulted in three edited volumes. A monograph on Nemrud Dağ in its late Hellenistic context and an edited volume called Globalisation and the Roman world: perspectives and opportunities are both in press. Dr. Versluys was the chairman of the Dutch Stichting Archaeological Dialogues for 4 years and is a member of various national and international editorial boards. He lectures on all BA and MA levels of the Faculty in both the general program ( Advanced Archaeological Theory) and the Classical & Mediterranean specialisation. He co-ordinated the MA program The archaeology of Egypt for a period of 3 years and is director of the Graduate school of Archaeology.
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