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Ruurd Halbertsma

Professor by special appointment

Prof.dr. R.B. Halbertsma
+31 71 516 3154

Ruurd Halbertsma is curator of the Classical Department of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, as well as professor by special appointment at the Faculty of Archaeology.

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My current research focuses on the history of classical archaeology in a broader European context. The study of archaeology emerged from the interest in the material culture of the Greeks and Romans. The 19th century saw the rise of national museums, which organized archaeological expeditions in the Mediterranean area and beyond. In many aspects the study of these acquisitions can shed light on legal and scholarly questions, concerning provenance, repatriation and reconstruction of archaeological sites.

Teaching activities

My academic teaching is focused on acquainting students with the history of archaeology and the role of museums in the archaeological world. Moreover I give introductory courses for BA students in classical languages, to teach them the material culture of Greece and Rome.

Curriculum vitae

Ruurd Binnert Halbertsma (Amersfoort, 1958) studied Classical Languages, Ancient History and Archaeology at the Leiden University. He undertook fieldwork in Italy and carried out research in Greece, Turkey, Italy and Tunisia. During his studies, he became interested in the history of archaeological collecting in Europe and the specific role of the Netherlands in this respect. Since 1988 he is curator of the Classical Department of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. Apart from his curatorial work, he is engaged in academic teaching on various levels.

Professor by special appointment

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • Archaeological Heritage
  • Heritage of Indigenous Peoples

Guest researcher

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Griekse T&C


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