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Currently dr. Stijn Heeren is assistant professor and coordinator of the PAN programme (Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands), in which archaeological artefacts collected by private individuals are documented and published online (see www.portable-antiquities.nl). These privately owned artefacts are very numerous and therefore highly relevant to research and heritage, but not studied systematically until recently. The goal of the PAN programme is to document the private collections and publish them online, for science, heritage and the general public to enjoy. Stijn Heeren coordinates the VU-staff of find registrators and specialists, and also maintains contacts with many project partners like the National Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), the Nederlansche Bank, other universities, museums and associations of volunteer archaeologists and metal detector users. The state of the art digital infrastructure of the PAN-project received wide recognition: PAN was runner up for the Stuiveling Open Data Award in 2017 and winner of the Dutch Data Prize 2018.

In previous years, Stijn Heeren was a visting professor at Ghent University (2015-2016), lecturer in provincial-Roman archaeology at University of Amsterdam (2010-2015, part-time) and postdoctoral researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2010-2015).

The main research interests of Stijn Heeren are rural communities, their settlements, cemeteries and material culture, from the Late Iron Age into the Early Middle Ages, roughly the period 250 BC to AD 1000. Metal artefacts, the Low Countries and the Late Roman period (3rd to 5th centuries) have his special attention.

Before returning to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Stijn Heeren worked for the firm Hazenberg Archeologie in Leiden (2009-2010), where he was overseeing fieldwork projects and did post-excavation analysis of various older projects.

Stijn Heeren enjoyed his education as an historian and an archaeologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1995-2002), worked for the excavation company VU-Hbs liaised to the same university (2002-2003), and did his PhD-research on the integration of rural communities in the Roman empire (2003-2008) here. His doctoral thesis received a cum laude grade and Stijn Heeren received the W.A. van Es-prize for best archaeological doctoral thesis of the years 2008-2010 in 2011.

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artifact Social Sciences
gold Social Sciences
social science Social Sciences
cultural heritage Social Sciences
damages Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
Late Roman Arts & Humanities
gift Social Sciences

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Research Output 2004 2019

A late Roman gold neck-ring from the Netherlands

Heeren, S. & Deckers, P., Feb 2019, In : The Searcher. 402, p. 12-15 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

A Late Roman gold neck ring with inscription from Walcheren (prov. Zeeland/NL)

Heeren, S. & Deckers, P., Jun 2019, In : Archaologisches Korrespondenzblatt. 49, 1, p. 149-163 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Late Roman

Ibero-Keltische fibulae en de zoektocht naar Nederlandse vondsten

Heeren, S., 2019, In : Detector Magazine. 163, p. 38-41 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

Identity and innovation in the Iron Age. Regional brooch tradition studied through private finds

Heeren, S., van Os, B. & Huisman, H., 2019, Bijdragen in de studie van de metaaltijden. Arnoldussen, S., Ball, E. A. G., Van Dijk, J., Norde, E. & De Vries, N. (eds.). Leiden: Sidestone Press, p. 237-248 12 p. (Metaaltijden; vol. 6).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Activities 2008 2019

Warfare, trade and migration of people and ideas.

Stijn Heeren (Organiser), Mirjam Kars (Organiser)
6 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Shared national ownership. The future of the PAN digital corpus

Stijn Heeren (Speaker)
5 Sep 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

De laatste Romeinen en de eerste Franken in de Lage Landen

Stijn Heeren (Speaker)
2 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular


Dutch Data Prize 2018

Stijn Heeren (Recipient), 28 Nov 2018



W.A. van Es prize

Stijn Heeren (Recipient), 24 Nov 2011



Press / Media

Toen Nederland leegliep - Volkskrant 26-10-2019

Stijn Heeren


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Podcast De Limes Leeft

Stijn Heeren


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

De goudschat van Lienden

Stijn Heeren


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands

Stijn Heeren


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

De goudschat van Lienden

Stijn Heeren


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment