Dr. Luc W.S.W. Amkreutz

Luc Amkreutz (1978) studied Prehistory at the University of Leiden. In 2004 he graduated cum laude with a study of the earliest farmers in the Netherlands (Linearbandkeramik) and their settlements along the river Meuse. From 2004 to 2008 he was involved in the Malta Harvest project ‘From Hardinxveld to Noordhoorn – from Forager to Farmer’, that, from a broad and multi-disciplinary perspective, analysed the Neolithisation process in the Lower Rhine Area. As part of this project, he focused particularly on the issue of the varying quality of Mesolithic and Neolithic sites and the socio-cultural changes in small-scale communities during the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture. In 2013, he will receive his doctorate for Persistent Places. A long-term perspective on communities in the process of Neolithisation in the Lower Rhine Area (6000-2500 cal BC).

From 2008 onwards, Luc Amkreutz has also been involved in research regarding burial mounds, conducted at the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden. At the end of 2010 the NWO-Odyssea research Back to the LBK’: forgotten research into the linear bandkeramik culture was granted. The National Museum of Antiquities as well as the National Cultural Heritage Service (RCE), the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden, commercial excavating company Archol and local authorities and amateurs cooperate in this project to enahnce our resolution on the settlement system of the earlierst farmers in the Netherlands. Early 2011 the museum opened the new permanent exhibition ‘Archaeology of the Netherlands’, offering a new perspective on 300.000 years of our history.

From 2008 onwards he has been working at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) in Leiden as curator of the Prehistory of the Netherlands. He was involved in the new permanent exhibition ‘Archaeology of the Netherlands’ which opened in 2011. He also was part of the NWO Odyssey research programme ‘The LBK revisited: ‘forgotten’ research into the bandkeramik occupation of the Low Countries’. While maintaining a broad scope on Prehistory in general, his research interests focus on Stone Age archaeology and the Mesolithic and Neolithic in particular.

During his MA and PhD studies he took part in excavations and research into prehistoric sites from various periods (Palaeolithic to metal ages) in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, as well as in Jordan and the Caribbean.


Books by Luc W.S.W. Amkreutz

‘Vergeten’ Bandkeramiek

Een Odyssee naar de oudste neolithische bewoning in Nederland

Edited by Ivo van Wijk, Luc W.S.W. Amkreutz & Piet van de Velde | 2014

Het archeologisch onderzoek in Nederland naar de vroegneolithische Lineaire Bandkeramiek cultuur of LBK (5250-4950 v. Chr.) heeft een lange geschiedenis. Sinds de eerste vondsten...


Persistent Traditions

A long-term perspective on communities in the process of Neolithisation in the Lower Rhine Area (5500-2500 cal BC)

Luc W.S.W. Amkreutz | 2013

The adoption of agriculture is one of the major developments in human history. Archaeological studies have demonstrated that the trajectories of Neolithisation in Northwest Europe...


Appendices: Persistent Traditions

A long-term perspective on communities in the process of Neolithisation in the Lower Rhine Area (5500-2500 cal BC)

Luc W.S.W. Amkreutz | 2013

The adoption of agriculture is one of the major developments in human history. Archaeological studies have demonstrated that the trajectories of Neolithisation in Northwest Europe...








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