Heleen van Londen

Heleen van Londen is full-time assistant professor at the Amsterdam Archaeological Centre. She specialises in landscape archaeology and archaeological heritage management.

Van Londen teaches both Bachelor and Master courses. At the Bachelor level she teaches Research Skills in Archaeology (AP61031) and Archaeological Heritage Management: the archaeological-historical landscape and spatial planning   (AP71161). At the master level the courses are International treaties and archaeological heritage (AP8185), Excursion European Archaeology (AP7124) andFieldwork European Archaeology (AP7015).

She participates in several research projects, which will be mentioned below.

Was Forum Hadriani a consuming market for food from Midden-Delfland?

NWOresearch project within theOdyssee programme (2010-2011). Researchers are dr. Heleen van Londen (applicant), dr. Laura Kooistra, dr. Chiara Cavallo, drs. Anja Fischer

New research suggests it is feasible that in the second and third century AD, the inhabitants of Forum Hadriani , the Civitas capital of the Cananefates, consumed food derived from the direct vicinity of the city. Although little is actually known about the local agrarian economy, we do have the building blocks. First evidence was given by the excavations of the Harnaschpolder that were carried out at the start of this century. However, by far the most promising and complete information was collected between 1991 and 1999 during large scale excavations in Midden-Delfland, a regional study on the Roman landscape. Field systems as well as settlements were mapped and ecological samples were taken systematically for analysis of the agrarian economy and landscape. Only, due to money and time constraints, the ecological analysis was done partially and could not be published.   Post excavation work and interpretation of these ecological data will deliver a coherent synthesis about the local agrarian economy connecting town and country side concerning food production and consumption. We desperately need this synthesis to sharpen future archaeological research and to give more impetus to -for instance- off site features and field systems in heritage management, improving their chance for preservation and better research. The area surrounding Delft is under constant pressure of development.

Research group Landscape and Heritage (2008-2012)

The research group presently consists of drs. Silke Lange (PhD), dr Marjolijn Kok, and drs. Menno van der Heijden, all UvA researchers. Wefocus on the interaction and integration of the results of contract archaeology and the more traditionally funded academic research on the topics of landscape archaeology and heritage. The aims are to debate and publish together, and to sharpen the goals for contract research.

Current projects are the excavations at Heiloo (Zandzoom & Zuiderloo).

From Oer-IJ Estuary to Metropolitan Coastal Landscape: Assessing and Preserving Archaeological-Historical Resources From 4000 Years Living Between Land and Water. An integrated policy for the sustainable development of archaeological-historical resources. Post-doc research (NWO/BBO) (2002-2008)

This study aims to result in an effective approach for the integration of archaeology and planning

– by applying the concept of the cultural biography of landscape for the case of the Oer-IJ estuary to arrive at a powerful and region specific archaeological-historical image which supports the internal and external integration on a regional scale;

– by developing on the basis of the experience of the co-operation between the institutions involved in the archaeological-historical resource management of the Oer-IJ estuary and using the action research concept – an organisational model, which supports cooperation between institutions and education of the human resources involved in this integrated policy for sustainable development (source: application Bloemers 2002).