Prof. dr. Harry Fokkens

Harry Fokkens studied Human Geography at the Free University in Amsterdam and Prehistoric Archaeology at the State University Groningen. For more than twenty years he excavated Bronze and Iron Age settlements and cemeteries around the town of Oss (Netherlands). This research formed the basis for many articles about Bronze Age cultural landscapes, including settlements and barrow cemeteries.

In the last 15 years his research focus has shifted towards the Latae Neolithic and Bronze Age cultural landscapes of riverine and coastal lowlands. The Framers of the coast project (ended in 2018) studied the Bronze Age landscapes of West-Frisia. The aim of that project was to create a coherent image of the farmers and the farming practices in these coastal lowlands. The communication networks with other similar groups along the North sea cast was an important aspect of that project.

Using the West-Frisian data, especially the burial data and the evidence of the well preserved Late Neolithic and Bronze Age skeletons, Fokkens is now involved in the debate about mobitily and genetic signatures of people and livestock. His aim is to understand the social processes behind mobility and exchange, the ways in which objects, livestock and livestock products acquire value. Inspiration is found in the work of Mauss, Bloch, Godelier, Weiner, Graeber and many others.

External link: Harry Fokkens's personal homepage

Books by Harry Fokkens

The Oss-Noord Project

The Second Decade of Excavations at Oss 1986-1996

Harry Fokkens, Stijn van As, Richard Jansen | 2019

After the first decade of large scale settlement research at Oss-Ussen (1974-1984), a second and a third decade followed (1986-2008). The present book is a report on the second decade of settlement excavations, all carried…

Background to Beakers

Inquiries into regional cultural backgrounds of the Bell Beaker complex

Edited by Harry Fokkens & Franco Nicolis | 2012

Background to Beakers is the result of an inspiring session at the yearly conference of European Association of Archaeologists in The Hague in September 2010. The conference brought together thirteen speakers on the subject Beakers…

Between Foraging and Farming

Edited by Harry Fokkens, Bryony J. Coles, Annelou van Gijn, Jos P. Kleijne, Hedwig H. Ponjee & Corijanne G. Slappendel | 2008

Between Foraging and Farming is liber amicorum for prof. Leendert Louwe Kooijmans, former dean of the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. Neolithisation has been Louwe Kooijmans’ research field since the nineteen-sixties and that is the…

The Ussen Project

The first decade of excavations at Oss

Edited by Harry Fokkens | 1998

The Oss project was started in 1974 by dr. Jan Verwers of the Institute of Prehistory of Leiden University, IPL for short (The institute as such no longer exists. It was transformed first into the…

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