Curator Prehistoric Collections

Dr. Luc W.S.W. Amkreutz
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e-mail: l.amkreutz@rmo.nl
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Educational background and special fields of interest

Luc Amkreutz (b. 1978) studied Prehistory at the University of Leiden. In 2004 he gained his Master’s degree 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’, which analysed the Neolithisation process in the Lower Rhine Area from a wide, multi-disciplinary perspective. As part of this project, he focused particularly on the variable 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 was awarded his doctorate for his thesis Persistent Traditions: A long-term perspective on communities in the process of Neolithisation in the Lower Rhine Area (6000–2500 cal. BC).

Research and refurbishment of the permanent exhibition

Since 2008, Luc Amkreutz has also been involved in research on burial mounds, conducted at the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden. At the end of 2010 an NWO-ODYSSEA research grant was awarded for the project ‘Back to the LBK: forgotten research into the linear bandkeramik culture’. Diverse institutions are collaborating in this project: the National Museum of Antiquities, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden, the commercial excavation company Archol, as well as local authorities and amateurs. The aim is to gain more insight into the settlement system of the earliest farmers in the Netherlands. At the beginning of 2011, the museum opened its new permanent exhibition Archaeology of the Netherlands, offering a fresh perspective on 300,000 years of the country’s history. While studying for his Master’s degree and PhD, Amkreutz 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.

Expertise

  • Material culture of European Prehistory
  • Specialised knowledge of Middle and Early Stone Age (Mesolithic and Neolithic)
  • Theoretical and anthropological foundations with respect to prehistoric hunter-gathers and agricultural societies

Key research projects

  • The Stone Age of the Netherlands and North-western Europe
  • The transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers
  • The material culture and occupation history of the Linearbandkeramik in Limburg and adjacent Belgium and Germany

Relevant experience (in the field)

  • Veldwezelt, Colmont (Middle Palaeolithic); Elsloo, Sittard, Stein, Maastricht (Early Neolithic); Oss and the surrounding area, Leiden (Metal Ages, native Roman); France (Late Palaeolithic); Jordan (multi-period survey); Caribbean (Pre-Ceramic)
  • Organisation of the following (in partnership with others): SOJA (Symposium on Research by Young Archaeologists), various workshops at Leiden University, Early Pottery in the Lower Rhine Area (Leiden University), Louwe Kooijmans Lecture (Leiden University and National Museum of Antiquities)
  • Lectures in Leiden, Leuven, Amersfoort (NOaA), Amsterdam (INQUA)
  • Lectures in the Netherlands and elsewhere (Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, Britain, Ireland; TAG and WAC)
Luc Amkreutz

Representative publications

PDFs of publications by Luc Amkreutz can be downloaded from his page on Academia.edu

  • Amkreutz, L.W.S.W. in prep./ 2008, Negotiating Neolithisation. A long-term perspective on Communities in the process of Neolithisation in the Lower Rhine Area (6000-2500 cal BC). PhD diss. Leiden University.
  • Amkreutz, L. 2006, ‘Bandkeramiek op de Maasoevers: feit of foutje?’, Westerheem 55, 130-140
  • Amkreutz, L.W.S.W./L.B.M. Verhart, ‘Hazendonk-3 en het midden-neolithicum van Limburg’, Archeologie in Limburg 104, 10-17.
  • Amkreutz, L.W.S.W./B.L.L. ‘Vanmontfort 2007, Changement de perspective, Une approche régionale sur la chronologie de la Néolithisation de l’Europe du Nord-Ouest’, in: M. Besse/M. Honnegger (eds), Actes du 28e colloque interregional sur le Néolithique, Neuchâtel.
  • Amkreutz, L.W.S.W. in press, ‘All quiet on the Northwestern front? An overview and preliminary analysis of the past decade of LBK-research in the Netherlands’, in: D. Gronenborn/J. Petrasch (eds), The Spread of the Neolithic to Central Europe, Mainz.
  • Amkreutz, L.W.S.W. in press/2008, ‘Time to move on? The Late Mesolithic in the Lower Rhine Area as a diverse substrate for the process of Neolithisation’, in: Ph. Crombé/M. van Strydonck, Chronology and Evolution in the Mesolithic of N(W) Europe, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Amkreutz, L.W.S.W./B.L.L. Vanmontfort/L.B.M. Verhart, in press/2008, ‘Diverging trajectories, forager-farmer interaction in the southern part of the Lower Rhine Area and the applicability of contact models’, in D. Hoffman/P. Bickle (eds), New advances in Central European Neolithic Research, Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Amkreutz, L. & R. Corbey 2008. An eagle-eyed perspective. Haliaeetus albicilla in the Mesolithic and Neolithic of the Lower Rhine Area, In: H. Fokkens, B.J. Coles, A.L. van Gijn, J.P. Kleijne, H.H. Ponjee & C.G. Slappendel (eds.), Between foraging and farming. An extend broad spectrum of papers presented to Leendert Louwe Kooijmans. (Also: Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 40) Leiden, 167-180.
  • Amkreutz, L., L. Verhart & M. Wansleeben, 2008: Hazendonk layers over and over again. In: H. Fokkens, B.J. Coles, A.L. van Gijn, J.P. Kleijne, H.H. Ponjee & C.G. Slappendel (eds.), Between foraging and farming. An extend broad spectrum of papers presented to Leendert Louwe Kooijmans. (Also: Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 40) Leiden, 139-151.
  • Amkreutz, L./Willemsen, A. (red.), 2008: Tijdreizigers. Op zoek naar de archeologische sensatie, Leiden.
  • Amkreutz, L.W.S.W./B.L.L. Vanmontfort/L.B.M. Verhart, 2009, ‘Diverging trajectories, forager-farmer interaction in the southern part of the Lower Rhine Area and the applicability of contact models’, in D. Hoffman/P. Bickle (eds), New advances in Central European Neolithic Research, Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Amkreutz, Luc W.S.W., Jan C. Glimmerveen, Jean-Jacques Hublin, Wil Roebroeks & Luc Anthonis, 2010, ‘Een Neanderthaler uit de Noordzee’, Westerheem 2, 50-59.Amkreutz, Luc W.S.W., ‘All quiet on the northwestern front? An overview and preliminary analysis of the past decade of LBK-research in the Netherlands’, in: D. Gronenborn/J. Petrasch (eds), Die Neolithisierung Mitteleuropas/The spread of the Neolithic to Central Europe, Internationale Tagung, Mainz, 24. Bis 26. Juni 2005, RGZM-Tagungen Band 4/2, 535-550.
  • Amkreutz, L./A. Willemsen 2010.  Nieuwe voetsporen over oude. Naar een nieuwe opstelling ‘Archeologie van Nederland’ in het RMO, Archeologiemagazine 2, 56-59
  • Amkreutz, L.W.S.W./B. Vanmontfort/M. de Bie/C. Verbeek. Bowls of Contention. Mesolithic sites with pottery in the Lower Rhine Area, in: B. Vanmontfort, L. Louwe Kooijmans, L. Amkreutz, L. Verhart, Pots, Farmers and Foragers. Pottery traditions and social interaction in the earliest Neolithic of the Lower Rhine Area, Archaeological Studies Leiden University 20, Leiden University Press, 15-26.
  • Amkreutz, L.W.S.W. 2010a. All quiet on the Northwestern front? An overview  and preliminary analysis of the past decade of LBK-research in the Netherlands, in: D. Gronenborn and J. Petrasch (eds), The Spread of the Neolithic to Central Europe. Internationale Tagung Main, 24-26 June, 2005, Mainz, (RGZM-Tagungen 4), 535-550.
  • Amkreutz, L. 2010b. De laatsten der Mohikanen? Enige gedachten over de positie van de Vlaardingen-cultuur in het neolithisatieproces, in: T. de Ridder, L. Verhart, J. Coenraadts, G. Groeneweg, M. Lockefeer, and L. Kruyf, (eds), Special 2010: De Vlaardingen-cultuur,  (Westerheem Special Vlaardingen-cultuur (2)), 12-25.
  • Amkeutz, L.W.S.W. 2013a. Persistent traditions: a long-term perspective on communities in the process of Neolithisation in the Lower Rhine Area (5500–2500 cal BC) (Leiden 2013). (online)
  • Amkeutz, L.W.S.W. 2013b. Appendix to: Persistent traditions: a long-term perspective on communities in the process of Neolithisation in the Lower Rhine Area (5500–2500 cal BC) (Leiden 2013). (online)
  • Amkreutz, L. 2013c. Home Is When You Build It. Characteristics of Building and  Occupation in the Lower Rhine Area Wetlands (5500–2500 cal BC), in: D. Hofmann and J. Smyth (eds), Tracking the Neolithic House in Europe. Sedentism, Architecture and Practice, New York, (Springer), 229-260.
  • Amkreutz, L.W.S.W. 2013d. Memorious Monuments. Place persistency, mortuary  practice and memory in the Lower Rhine Area wetlands (5500-2500 cal BC), in: D. Fontijn, A. Louwen, S. v. d. Vaart and K. Wentink (eds), Beyond Barrows. Current  Research on the structuration and perception of the Prehistoric Landscape through Monuments, Leiden, (Sidestone Press), 43-80.
  • J.P. de Warrimont & L. Amkreutz, 2015. ‘Het geheim van de Schoone Grub’. Archeologische opgravingen van de vuursteenmijnen te Rijckholt-Sint Geertruid in 1929 door de paters dominicanen uit Rijckholt. Maasgouw 134, 48-56.
  • G. Dusseldorp & L. Amkreutz, 2015. Foraging for Farmers. An evolutionary perspective on the process of Neolithisation in NW Europe – A case-study from the Low Countries,Prähistorische Zeitschrift 90/1-2, 20-44.
  • I. van Wijk, L. Amkreutz en P. van de Velde (red.) 2015. ‘Vergeten’ Bandkeramiek. Een Odyssee naar de oudste neolithische bewoning in Nederland. Leiden (Sidestone Press). (diverse artikelen/various contributions)
  • L. Amkreutz, F. Brounen, J. Deeben, R. Machiels, M.F. van Oorsouw & B. Smit (red.) 2016. Vuursteen verzameld. Over het zoeken en onderzoeken van steentijdvondsten en -vindplaatsen, Amersfoort (Nederlandse Archeologische Rapporten 050). (diverse artikelen/various contributions)