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prof. dr. G.L.M. Burgers

prof. dr.

1991 …2019
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Gert-Jan Burgers is full professor in Mediterranean Archaeology at the Faculty of Humanities of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA). He is also director of CLUE+, the VUA interfaculty research institute for Culture, Cognition, History and Heritage, with approx. 350 staff members from various fields of science. Prior to that Burgers was director of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (2012-2013) and Head of the Heritage and Ancient Studies departments of the same institute (2006-2013). In these capacities, Burgers’ mission has been to bring together researchers from a wide variety of academic disciplines, to jointly investigate scientific and societal challenges and to formulate strategies for addressing those challenges.

To that aim, over the last decades Burgers has developed and directed a series of large scale archaeological field projects in Italy. Since 2004 he has also directed critical heritage projects, notably  in the Italian region of Apulia and in Rome (see below). Linking these projects to larger European consortia, Burgers has built up an extensive international network of researchers, as well as of policy makers, urban planners, architects, citizen organisations and other stakeholder groups involved in heritage management and spatial planning and design.In all project cases Burgers has attracted substantial external funding from national and international public sector organizations, including NWO (Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research), Italian government departments and the European Union, as well as commercial sponsors.



The greater part of his academic career to date, Burgers has been concerned with protohistoric and Roman Italy, with urban and rural landscape archaeology and with critical heritage studies (conceptually as well as applied). In these fields he has published eleven books and over seventy articles, delivered over fifty invited papers at international conferences, and organised twentyfive international workshops and congresses.



Projects grants

  • 2016-present: Scientific direction heritage project Valorizzazione e fruizione dell’insediamento messapico di Muro Tenente, financed by the Accordo di Programma Quadro “Beni ed attività culturali” between the  Region of Apulia and the Italian Ministry MIBACT. This project concerns the arrangement and management of an archaeological park of Muro Tenente (IT – prov. of Brindisi);

  • 2011-present: co-direction project Challenging Testaccio. World Heritage in a Working Class Area, with dr. Renato Sebastiani (Archaeological Heritage Board of Rome; SSBAR); Private and public funding. This project constitutes a laboratory for research on theoretical concepts (Urban Landscape History. Landscape biography) and tools for heritage planning;

  • 2006-present: Co-direction L’Amastuola Archaeological Project (until 2010 with prof. Crielaard, VUA). Public funding; NWO Humanities, EU Marie Curie (FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IEF No 301094). Project on early colonization in Greater Greece;

  • 1995-present: Direction of Salento Isthmus Project. Private and public sponsoring (e.g. NWO – Historical Sciences. This project focuses on the long term biography of an Italian region (isthmus of Salento), translating it into the present and integrating it in development plans at the level of individual municipalities;

  • 2007-2009: Scientific direction EU-heritage project Progetto di Recupero, Valorizzazione e Fruizione del Sito Li Castelli di S. Pancrazio Salentino.- funding: UE Development Fund ERDF - ROP for Apulia;

  • 2007-2008: Scientific direction EU-heritage development project Progetto di Recupero, Valorizzazione e Fruizione del Sito Muro Tenente – funding: UE Development Fund ERDF - ROP for Apulia;

  • 1997-2002: Co-direction Regional Pathways to Complexity- project, with prof. P. Attema (RUG). NWO/ Historical sciences funding. In this project we first experimented with a long term biographical landscape approach and its theoretical underpinnings.



Burgers’ teaching concentrates on Mediterranean and Roman Archaeology, Ancient History, Landscape Studies and Critical Heritage Studies.He also supervises theses and dissertations at bachelor, master and doctoral level, both in the Netherlands and in other countries. He would welcome PhD applications on the following topics (please contact

  • Social and political change in pre- and early-Roman Italy; Romanization, colonization and urbanism

  • Landscape archaeology

  • Heritage and the living environment; heritage planning and design in urban and rural contexts


Current PhD candidates

  • Ilona Venderbos, Gendered Identitities in Italy (9th – 6th centuries BC)

  • Gervasio Iliano, La nascita di Misenum e il svo impatto suzzásetto topografico della penisola flegrea

  • Christian Napolitano, Archeologia dei Paesaggi contemporanei nella piana brindisina

  • Dorota Biesiekirska, (as co-promotor; promotor prof. V. Stissi)

  • Ilaria Ricci, La villa rustica nel mondo romano. Caso di studio dell’orizzonte pugliese


Ancillary activities

  • Member of the scientific board of Ergasteria. Collana di studi di Archeologia del Dipartimento di Scienze del Patrimoinio Culturale dell’Università di Salerno.
  • Member of the scientific board of the journal Siris. Studi e Ricerche della Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia di Matera
  • Member of the Dutch National Research School of Archaeology Archon
  • Advisory board member of the Collaborative Research Centre 1070 'ResourceCultures - sociocultural Dynamics and the Use of Resources' of the University of Tubingen, financed by the DWG.
  • Member of the scientific board of the periodical Insulae Diomedeae. Collana di ricerche storiche e archeologiche
  • Member of the Board of Herity International
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the EU-Joint Programme Initiative on Cultural Heritage
  • Scientific director of the Ecomuseo della Via Appia (Italy, prov. Brindisi)
  • Scientific director of the archaeological park of Muro Tenente (Italy, prov. Brindisi)
  • Member of the scientific board of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Taranto


Ancillary activities

  • Archaeological Park of Muro Tenente | Mesagne | Scientific director | 2017-07-09 - present
  • EU Joint Programme Initiative on Cultural Heritage | Rome | Adviseur | 2017-07-09 - present
  • Ecomuseo della Via Appia | Latiano | Adviseur | 2017-07-09 - present
  • Herity International | Rome | Bestuurder | 2017-07-09 - present
  • Journal Siris. | Matera | Adviseur | 2017-07-09 - present
  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Taranto | Taranto | Adviseur | 2017-07-09 - present
  • Periodical Archeologia e Storia | Lecce | Adviseur | 2017-07-09 - present
  • Excellenz Project SFB 1070 University of Tubingen | Tubingen | Adviseur | 2017-07-10 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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rural landscape Earth & Environmental Sciences
archaeology Earth & Environmental Sciences
history Social Sciences
Estonia Social Sciences
system theory Social Sciences
cultural heritage Social Sciences
knowledge Social Sciences
methodology Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1991 2019

Brains, Buildings, Business: De Vrije Universiteit en Zuidas

Burgers, G. L. M. (ed.), Flipse, A. C. (ed.) & Van Maaren, L. (ed.), Oct 2019, Amsterdam: CLUE+ Research Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 36 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingProfessional

Open Access

Città e territorio nella penisola di Misenum

Illiano, G., 2019, 299 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Keeping in touch in a changing world: Network dynamics and the connections between the Aegean and Italy during the Bronze Age-Iron Age Transition (ca.1250-1000 BC)

van den Berg, K. A. M., 2018, 513 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Activities 1998 2018