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Tymon de Haas

Assistant Professor

Dr. T.C.A. de Haas
+31 71 527 2929


My research develops along three lines.

First, I am involved in projects that aim to integrate regional field survey datasets. One, the Rome Hinterland Project, aims to gain new insights into the historical development of interactions between the city of Rome and its surroundings, while another (FAIR surveys) aims to contribute to the development of methodological and technical tools (a CIDOC CRM extension) to accommodate such integration and advance archaeological data documentation and archiving; a third compares regional patterns of pottery consumption to investigate patterns of economic integration.

Second, I study economic systems in Roman Italy, integrating research on rural landscapes, minor centres and urban settlements. To this end, I have developed methods to reconstruct regional populations, applied economic geographic models (Central Place Theory) and Network Analysis to supra-regional and regional datasets; I have published on the use of archaeological data as proxies for economic growth and the role of Roman expansion as a driver for such growth. With colleagues, I also apply approaches from the social sciences (interaction models, urban scaling theory) to understand the development of regional settlement systems.

Third, as co-director of the Pontine Region Project I undertake multidisciplinary field research, including field surveys, geophysical surveys and geo-archaeological research in central Italy. Recent work focused on the minor centres of Forum Appii and Ad Medias and aimed to understand their role in local and regional economies, and to assess the impact of Roman colonization on the wider area. The most recent work involved a successful pilot program of coring, survey, magnetometry and ecological sampling on the traces of a centuriation (cadastral system) that was laid out as part of Roman expansion. As part of the PRP, I also dedicate time to public outreach through exhibitions, lectures, public information booklets and a glossy journal. See for more information the project website.

Curriculum vitae

  • 2018- Assistant Professor in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, Leiden University
  • 2017-2018 Post-doctoral fellow, Universität zu Köln, Research Training Group ‘Archaeology of Pre-Modern Economies’ (Research Line ‘Economic Networks’)
  • 2011-2016 Post-doctoral fellow / lecturer, University of Groningen. Co-director of the project ‘Fora, stationes and sanctuaries. The role of minor centres in the economy of Roman central Italy’
  • 2005 – 2011 PhD student / lecturer / researcher, University of Groningen. Field director within the Pontine Region Project, Staff member of the Dzarylgac Survey Project. Doctoral research: “Fields, farms and colonists: intensive field survey and early Roman colonization in the Pontine region, central Italy” (title awarded on 01/12/2011)
  • 2003 – 2005 Researcher and Lecturer, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Staff member of the Raganello Archaeological Project and the Pontine Region Project.
  • 1997 – 2003 MA in Archaeology and Prehistory - Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (cum laude)

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B1.10



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