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Roos van Oosten

Assistant Professor

Dr. R.M.R. van Oosten
+31 71 527 2448

Roos van Oosten is assistant professor in Medieval and Urban Archaeology at Leiden University.

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Roos van Oosten's main interest is in socio-economic topics such as sanitation management, urban hygiene infrastructure and the phenomena of the urban revolution. A secondary research focus is pre-industrial ceramic distribution patterns and long-term economic trends in the Low Countries.

Curriculum Vitae

Roos van Oosten has been assistant professor in Medieval and Urban Archaeology at Leiden University since 2011. After receiving MAs from Leiden University in Archaeology (2003) and History (2006), she worked as a contract archaeologist for several years. She earned a PhD from the University of Groningen in the Department of History and has since published a monograph on sanitation management in Dutch urban towns in the late medieval and early modern period. Whilst working on her PhD, she accepted a tenure-track position in the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, where she lectures on urban and medieval archaeology (BA and MA levels), is an internship coordinator (BA  and MA levels) and supervises theses (BA and MA levels). She is currently a member of the Board of Examiners of the Faculty of Archaeology.

Together with Richard Jansen, she is a contact person for the Leiden Interactie Netwerk. This network stems from the late Professor Willem Willem’s Verbond van Leiden and aims to enhance knowledge exchange and collaboration between academia and professional archaeologists.

Professional activities

In 2014, Roos van Oosten was team leader of the project Mapping pre-industrial sanitation infrastructure in the town of Haarlem. In 2015, van Oosten was awarded a NWO-Alfa Meerwaarde grant for a project focussing on mapping pre-industrial sanitation infrastructure in the town of Leiden followed by a DANS Small Data Project grant in 2016 for phase 2.

As a result of these projects, the working group Mapping Historical Leiden was established. This seven-member consortium is a fruitful and vibrant collaboration between academics, Leiden's regional Heritage Agency (Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken) and independent researchers.

In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant for ‘Challenging the paradigm of filthy and unhealthy medieval towns’. In 2018, she coordinated the projects Dangerous cities and Ranking the towns, and currently, she is heading up Leiden's pubscape, 1816-1894.

She is a member of the advisory board of the ERC Consolicator Premodern Healthscaping Project (PI Prof. G. Geltner, University of Amsterdam), member of the editorial board of the APL, chair person of the W.A. van Es award 2019 and main editor of the Urban Graveyard Series.

Co-supervisor PhD’s ongoing

  • Leiden University, Hans Koot, supervisor prof. Frans Theuws
  • Leiden University, Jacobine Melis, supervisor prof. Frans Theuws
  • Leiden University, Jeroen Oosterbaan, supervisor prof. Frans Theuws.
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim, Elisabeth Forrestad Swensen, supervisor prof. Axel Christophersen. 
  • Tilburg University, Nico Arts, supervisor prof. Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld


For students who wish to make an appointment to discuss their thesis or internship, please do not hesitate to email me or drop by when I am in my office.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Provincial Roman & Medieval Archaeology

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B1.20



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