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Thijs J. Maarleveld

Prof. Dr.

  • Niels Bohrs Vej 9

    6700 Esbjerg

    Denmark

20052020

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Thijs J. Maarleveld (1953) used to be Head of the division of Maritime Heritage of the National Service for Archaeological Heritage (ROB) in the Netherlands and lecturer in maritime archaeology at Leiden University before he was appointed as Professor of Maritime Archaeology at SDU. He read History and Prehistory at the universities of Leiden and Amsterdam and learned to dive in 1973. In 1980 he was attached to the cultural policy department of the Ministry of Culture as coordinator for under water archaeology. Since then his work has been at the interface of practical research in maritime archaeological issues and fieldwork in the underwater environment, assessment and deployment of practical measures of impact mitigation in the context of large-scale building projects at sea and policy development at the national and international level.

In 1998 he took his doctoral degree at Leiden University with a dissertation on Archaeological Heritage Management in Dutch Waters. He is one of the founding members of the International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH) of ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, the non-governmental organisation advising UNESCO on heritage issues and has been chairman of the working group on underwater heritage management of EuropaeArchaeologiae Consilium, the network of organisations that are legally responsible for archaeological heritage management in European Countries. He has represented The Netherlands in several international fora and committees, such as the Australia Netherlands Committee on Old Dutch Shipwrecks (ANCODS) and was one of the representatives of the Netherlands in the negotiations on the 2001 UNESCO Convention.

He published widely on archaeological issues and on the way archaeology is organised in heritage management. Popular books include Archeologie onder water (1990) and Tauchgang in die Vergangenheit (2004 with Lüth & Rieck).

Research areas

With small excursions into other aspects of maritime archaeology, Thijs J. Maarleveld's main research interests are in three well-defined, overlapping research fields:

1) The development of seafaring technology, notably shipbuilding technology. In what way can the study of the techniques used in shipbuilding inform us on processes of acculturation and innovation on the one hand and cultural entropy and social structure on the other?

2) The construction of (maritime) archaeological knowledge. What are the filters that apply to the way archaeological information is constructed, and in what way do these qualify what we infer, know and can know about maritime activities in the past?  

3) The appreciation and meaning of (maritime) heritage in present-day society. In what different ways do governments, the general public or specific stakeholder groups react to new discoveries or old discoveries and how do persisting traditions and new perceptions of the extent and meaning of (maritime) archaeological remains and data influence their actions.

For a more extensive overview consult Maarleveld, Th.J., 2007:
Maritime Archaeology. Identifying Identity. Inaugural address (ISBN 978-87-992214-0-0). Esbjerg.

http://www.sdu.dk/Uddannelse/Fuldtidsstudier/Kandidat/Marinarkaeologi.aspx?sc_lang=endocs/IdentifyingIdentity.pdf

Research information

For the Maritime archaeology programme at SDU see:  http://www.sdu.dk/maritimearchaeology

Relevant publications in the three strands of research:

1) The development of seafaring technology:

Maarleveld, Th.J., 2008
Boten zonder geschiedenis, of wie is er bang voor een boomstamboot. In: R. Oosting & J. Van den Akker (red.), Boomstamkano’s, overnaadse schepen en tuigage. Inleidingen gehouden tijdens het tiende Glavimans Symposion, Amersfoort, blz. 5 - 25.

Maarleveld, Th.J., 2002
Het Scheppen van Schepen aan het begin van de Nieuwe Tijd. In: K.W.J.M. Bossaers et al. Dirck Gerritsz Pomp alias Dirck China, Enkhuizen, pp.45-56. 

Maarleveld, Th.J., 1998
Archaeological heritage management in Dutch waters: exploratory studies,
(diss.) Leiden.  ( http://www.racm.nl/content/documenten/documenten_lelystad/archaelogical_heritage_management_in_dutch_waters.pdf )

Maarleveld, Th.J., 1995
Type or technique. Some thoughts on boat and ship finds as indicative of
cultural traditions. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 24.1, 3-7.

2) The construction of (maritime) archaeological knowledge: 

Maarleveld, Th.J., 2004
Finding ‘new’ boats : enhancing our chances in heritage management, a predictive approach. Chapter 15 in: P. Clark, The Dover Bronze Age Boat in Context. Society and water transport in prehistoric Europe. Oxford, pp. 138-147. 

Deeben, J., D.P. Hallewas & Th.J. Maarleveld, 2002
Predictive modelling in Archaeological Heritage Management of the Netherlands: the Indicative Map of Archaeological Values (2nd Generation). Berichten van de Rijksdienst voor het Oudheidkundig Bodemonderzoek (Proceedings of the National Service for Archaeological Heritage in the Netherlands) 45, pp. 9-56.

 


3) The appreciation and meaning of (maritime) heritage in present.-day society: 

Maarleveld, Th.J., 2007
Maritime Archaeology. Identifying Identity. Inaugural address (ISBN 978-87-992214-0-0). Esbjerg.

Maarleveld, Th.J., 2007
The 2001 UNESCO-Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage: Origin and Consequences. In: Morten Hahn-Pedersen (ed.)Havets kulturarv, Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseets Studieserie, nr. 24, Esbjerg, pp. 9-32.

Maarleveld, Th.J., 2007
Maritime management matters. Chapter 6 in: J. Satchell & P. Palma (eds.), Managing the Marine Cultural Heritage: Defining, Accessing And Managing the Resource Submarine, CBA Research Report 153. York, pp. 49-58. 

Maarleveld, Th.J., 2006
Chapter 8, The Netherlands in: Sarah Dromgoole (ed.), The Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. National Perspectives in Light of the UNESCO Convention 2001, Leiden / Boston, pp. 161-188.

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Research Output

Beam Trawls and Bones: a Reflection on Dutch Fisheries

Maarleveld, T. J., 10. Apr 2020, The Archaeology of Europe’s Drowned Landscapes. Bailey, G., Galanidou, N., Peeters, H., Jöns, H. & Mennenga, M. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 521-535 15 p. (Coastal Research Library, Vol. 35).

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Denmark: Mesolithic Coastal Landscapes Submerged

Maarleveld, T. J., Bailey, G. & Andersen, S. H., 10. Apr 2020, The Archaeology of Europe’s Drowned Landscapes. Bailey, G., Galanidou, N., Peeters, H., Jöns, H. & Mennenga, M. (eds.). Cham: Springer, Vol. 35. p. 39-76 (Coastal Research Library, Vol. 35).

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Archaeological use of Synthetic Aperture Sonar on deepwater wreck sites in Skagerrak

Ødegård, Ø., Hansen, R. E., Singh, H. & Maarleveld, T. J., Jan 2018, In : Journal of Archaeological Science. 89, p. 1-13

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  • International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH)

    Maarleveld, T. J., 13. Jul 2018, Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Smith, C. (ed.). Cham: Springer Nature, 3 p.

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    Underwater Sites in Archaeological Conservation and Preservation

    Maarleveld, T. J., 2018, Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Smith, C. (ed.). Cham: Springer, p. 1-8 8 p.

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    Activities

    A possible contribution from the Maritime Archaeology Programme at Syddansk Universitet.

    Thijs J. Maarleveld (Lecturer)
    31. Oct 2013

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    The Maritime Archaeology Programme at SDU, Philosophy and experience.

    Thijs J. Maarleveld (Lecturer)
    25. Oct 2013

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    UNITWIN in the North.

    Thijs J. Maarleveld (Lecturer)
    15. May 2013

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    Fishing and Collecting, the specific attention for Pleistocene bones and prehistoric artefacts in the Dutch fishing industry.

    Thijs J. Maarleveld (Lecturer)
    16. Mar 2013

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    Activities directed at the underwater cultural heritage and activities incidentally affecting it; two fields for developing best practices.

    Thijs J. Maarleveld (Lecturer)
    15. Mar 2013

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    Press / Media

    Stormy secrets of the deep

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    01/12/2008

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    Tyveri af Kulturarv

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    10/11/2008

    1 Media contribution

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    Arven från Havet

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    22/08/2008

    1 Media contribution

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    Meeresarchäologie, eine hervorragende Wissenschaft

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    15/05/2008

    1 Media contribution

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