Dr. David Fontijn

Dr David Fontijn is associate professor in European Archaeology at the Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. His research focuses on the European Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, in particular on the exchange and deposition of metalwork, and on the archaeology of so-called “ritual” landscapes. He graduated and wrote his PhD. thesis at Leiden University, both marked cum laude, and both awarded with the W.A. van Es Prize for Dutch Archaeology (1996 and 2003). His book “Sacrificial landscapes” was also awarded with the Praemium Erasmianum Study Prize (2003).

Recent books are “Living near the dead” (2010) and “Iron Age Echoes” (2011; edited with Q. Bourgeois and A. Louwen). Fontijn was senior research fellow in the excellence cluster “TOPOI” in Berlin, where he worked at the Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute DAI (2009-2010). He was co-applicant of, and worked as a post-doc in the NWO-funded project “The Bronze Age in the Dutch River Area” (2003-2006). He is currently leading an NWO-funded multidisciplinary project entitled “Ancestral Mounds”, dealing with the archaeology of prehistoric burial mounds (2008-), including new fieldwork projects. The project received the SIKB Prize for best archaeological research team in 2009. Fontijn is currently curriculum coordinator of the Leiden Graduate School of Archaeology. He had a short-list nomination for best teacher of Leiden University in 2005 and won this LSr Teaching award in 2008.

On 2 Nov. 2012 he presented his book “Iron Age Echoes” to H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, for more information see our news section


External link: David Fontijn's personal homepage

Books by David Fontijn

Transformation through Destruction

A monumental and extraordinary Early Iron Age Hallstatt C barrow from the ritual landscape of Oss-Zevenbergen

edited by David Fontijn, Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof & Richard Jansen | 2013

Some 2800 years ago, a man died in what is now the municipality of Oss, the Netherlands. His death must have been a significant event...


Beyond Barrows

Current research on the structuration and perception of the Prehistoric Landscape through Monuments

edited by David Fontijn, Arjan Louwen, Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof & Karsten Wentink | 2013

Europe is dotted with tens of thousands of prehistoric barrows. In spite of their ubiquity, little is known on the role they had in pre-...


Iron Age Echoes

Prehistoric land management and the creation of a funerary landscape - the “twin barrows” at the Echoput in Apeldoorn

Edited by David Fontijn, Quentin Bourgeois & Arjan Louwen | 2012

Groups of burial mounds may be among the most tangible and visible remains of Europe’s prehistoric past. Yet, not much is known on how “barrow...


Living Near the Dead

The barrow excavations of Rhenen-Elst: Two millennia of burial and habitation on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug

David Fontijn (ed.) | 2010

The hills overlooking the north flank of the Rhine valley in the Netherlands are dotted with hundreds of prehistoric burial mounds. Only a few of...


Sacrificial Landscapes

Cultural biographies of persons, objects and 'natural' places in the Bronze Age of the Southern Netherlands, c. 2300-600 BC

David Fontijn | 2002

One of the most puzzling phenomena of the European Bronze Age, is that many communities buried or otherwise hid large numbers of valuable bronze objects,...








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