Philip Verhagen


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Philip Verhagen is assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, specialized in computer applications and quantitative methods in archaeology, with an emphasis on GIS, spatial analysis and modelling. He has held a position as post-doctoral research fellow at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam from 2009-2017. Before that, he has worked as a GIS specialist in contract-based archaeology with Dutch companies RAAP (1992-2005) and ACVU-HBS (2005-2008).

He has been Publication Officer of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods from 2011-2016, and is currently Managing Editor of the newly started Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology.

Since 1 January 2018, dr. Verhagen is Scientific Director of ARCHON, the Dutch Research School for Archaeology.


NWO VENI-grant (2009-2012), 'Introducing the Human (F)actor in Predictive Modelling for Archaeology'

NWO VIDI-grant (2012-2017), 'Finding the Limits of the Limes'


Courses taught

Year 1
Omgaan met materiële bronnen (Working with material sources; coordinator; taught with dr. Chiara Cavallo, dr. Arno Verhoeven, dr. Liesbeth Smits and Anne van Hilst)

Year 2

Science and Archaeology (coordinator, taught with dr. Chiara Cavallo, dr. Liesbeth Smits, dr. Sjoerd Kluiving and dr. Jill Hilditch)
Digital Archaeology (coordinator, taught with Jitte Waagen)

Year 3

Advanced Digital Archaeology (within minor Archaeology)
Science Methods in Archaeology (within minor Archaeology; taught with dr. Sjoerd Kluiving)

Humanities Research Career Preparation (coordinator; taught with dr. Nelleke Moser)
Tutorial GIS and Archaeology (coordinator)

Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities (taught with dr. Chiel van den Akker, prof. Katja Kwastek, dr. Kristine Steenbergh, dr. Sjoerd Kluiving, prof. Petra van Dam and prof. Inger Leemans)

Honours Programme

Dr. Verhagen is coordinator of the VU Honours Programme for the Faculty of Humanities.

External teaching
ARCHON GIS course (coordinator)


Dr. Verhagen's research focuses on the methodological and theoretical aspects of spatial analysis and modelling in landscape archaeology. He has published widely on archaeological predictive modelling and settlement pattern analysis, and has recently extended his interests to agent-based modelling and network analysis within the context of his research project 'Finding the Limits of the Limes'. This project focused on using simulation modelling to reconstruct and understand the cultural landscape in the Dutch part of the Roman frontier.

He has also been involved in research into the effectiveness of archaeological survey for purposes of archaeological heritage management, and has contributed to Dutch national guidelines in this respect.

A full list of Dr. Verhagen's publications can be found on

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden

Master, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Netherlands Social Sciences
archaeology Social Sciences
modeling Earth & Environmental Sciences
Demographic Development Social Sciences
spatial analysis Earth & Environmental Sciences
population decrease Social Sciences
settlement pattern Earth & Environmental Sciences
demography Social Sciences

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Research Output 2008 2019

Estimating the “memory of landscape” to predict changes in archaeological settlement patterns

Verhagen, J. W. H. P., Nuninger, L., Bertoncello, F. & Castrorao Barba, A., 2016, CAA 2015. Keep the Revolution Going. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Campana, S., Scopigno, R., Carpentiero, G. & Cirillo, M. (eds.). Oxford: Archaeopress, p. 623-636

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Now you see them, now you don't: Defining and using a flexible chronology of sites for spatial analysis of Roman settlement in the Dutch river area

Verhagen, J. W. H. P., Vossen, I. M. J., Groenhuijzen, M. R. & Joyce, J. A., 2016, In : Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 10, p. 309-321

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Computational Approaches to the Study of Movement in Archaeology. Theory, practice and interpretation of factors and effects of long term landscape formation and transformation.

Polla, S. (ed.) & Verhagen, J. W. H. P. (ed.), 2014, Berlijn: De Gruyter. 137 p. (Topoi Berlin Studies of the Ancient World; no. 23)

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

Site discovery and evaluation through minimal interventions: core sampling, test-pits and trial trenches

Verhagen, J. W. H. P., 2013, Good practice in archaeological diagnostics. Non-invasive survey of complex archaeological sites. Corsi, C., Slapšak, B. & Vermeulen, F. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 209-226 15 p. (Natural Science in Archaeology).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Finding the Limits of the Limes: Modelling Demography, Economy and Transport on the Edge of the Roman Empire

Verhagen, J. W. H. P. (ed.), Joyce, J. A. (ed.) & Groenhuijzen, M. R. (ed.), 2 Aug 2019, Springer. (Computational Social Sciences)(Simulating the Past)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2009 2019

Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology (Journal)

Philip Verhagen (Editor in chief)
15 Mar 201715 Mar 2018

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Simulation Modelling in Archaeology

Philip Verhagen (Organiser), F. Bertoncello (Organiser)
1 Apr 20194 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic

International Open Workshop "Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 15,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes VI"

Philip Verhagen (Participant)
11 Mar 201915 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOther eventAcademic

Römisch-Germanische Kommission, Frankfurt

Philip Verhagen (Visiting researcher)
17 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution