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Currently dr. Stijn Heeren is 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.

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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social science Social Sciences
cultural heritage Social Sciences
damages Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
Cologne Arts & Humanities
Late Roman Arts & Humanities
Burial Arts & Humanities
Archaeology Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2004 2019

A Non-destructive survey of early Roman copper-alloy brooches using portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

Roxburgh, M., Heeren, S., Huisman, D. J. & van Os, B., 2019, In : Archaeometry. 61, p. 55 69 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Contextualising ethnicity and the rhetoric of burial rites in Late Antique Northern Gaul: the evidence from settlements and precious metal circulation

Heeren, S. & Roymans, N. G. A. M., 2018, Rural riches & royal rags? Studies on medieval and modern archaeology presented to Frans Theuws. Kars, M., Van Oosten, R., Roxburgh, M. & Verhoeven, A. (eds.). Zwolle: SPA-uitgevers, p. 10-15 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Heeren, S., 2018: Military might for a depopulated region? Interpreting the archaeology of the Lower Rhine area in the Late Roman period

Heeren, S., 2018, Interpreting transformations of people and landscapes in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Archaeological approaches and issues. Diarte-Blasco, P. & Christie, N. (eds.). Oxford, p. 137-147 11 p.

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

The Complexities of Metal Detecting Policy and Practice: A Response to Samuel Hardy, 'Quantitative Analysis of Open-Source Data on Metal Detecting for Cultural Property' (Cogent Social Sciences 3, 2017)

Deckers, P., Dobat, A., Ferguson, N., Heeren, S., Lewis, M. & Thomas, S., Jan 2018, In : Open Archaeology. 4, 1, p. 322-333 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
social science
cultural heritage
Quantitative Analysis
Social Sciences

Activities 2008 2019

De laatste Romeinen en de eerste Franken in de Lage Landen

Heeren, S. (Speaker)
2 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Reuvensdagen 2018

Heeren, S. (Organiser)
15 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceSocietal

PAN: Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands

Heeren, S. (Consultant)
5 Mar 2018

Activity: Consultancy

Citizen science – various levels of public participation. The PAN example.

Heeren, S. (Speaker)
29 Jan 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Dutch Data Prize 2018

S. Heeren (Recipient), 28 Nov 2018



W.A. van Es prize

S. Heeren (Recipient), 24 Nov 2011



Press / Media

De goudschat van Lienden

S. Heeren


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands

S. Heeren


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

De goudschat van Lienden

S. Heeren


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

De goudschat van Lienden

S. Heeren


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

De goudschat van Lienden

S. Heeren


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment