Prof. dr. J. Bourgeois (°1955)

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He was chairman of the Department of Archaeology from 2008 to 2014. At the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, he held the position of Education Director from 2001 to 2005 and from 2016 to 2018. In 2014 (until 2016), he was Research Director for the Faculty. He was also Francqui Research Professor (from 2010 to 2013).

He is a member of Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts and Corresponding Mitglieder of the Deutsche Archäologische Institut. He was active in the Union Internationale des Sciences Pré- et protohistoriques - International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences, since 1991 and became Secretary General (1996-2011) and later President (2011-2017). He is co-founder of the Lunula contact group and of AGAr Alumni Ghent Archaeologists, of which he was president between 2009 and 2012, and again since 2019.

Jean Bourgeois (co-)supervised about 130 license theses and master's theses and was (co-)supervisor of 14 PhDs.

His research originally focused on metal ages (settlements, burial mounds) in Western Europe as well as aerial photographic prospecting in Flanders. In that context, in collaboration with Ghent University, the Province of West Flanders and the In Flanders Fields Museum, he founded the CHAL Center for Historical and Archaeological Aerial Photography in 2014, which focuses on the research of Jacques Semey's aerial photographic prospections in East and West Flanders, aerial photography during World War I and more recent historical aerial photography.

After 1995 (and until 2015), his research focused more on the Altai Mountains (Russia) where mainly landscape archaeological research on funerary and ritual monuments from the metal ages (and later) were mapped. Finally, after 2012, he also conducted research on the irrigation systems of the Turpan oasis (Xinjiang, China).

Prof. Jean Bourgeois ended his academic career on Sept. 30, 2021.

Prof. dr. S.J.L. De Laet (1914-1999)

Sigfried Jan L. De Laet was professor at the department from 1947 to 1984. He finished his PhD in 1936, entitled “De samenstelling van den Romeinschen Senaat gedurende de eerste eeuw van het principaat (28 v. – 68 na Kr.) en de politieke houding van de keizers tegenover deze hoge vergadering” after which he became an FWO ‘aspirant’ (1942-1943) and later assistent at the department (1943-1947).  His research dealt with a wide range of themes within the national archaeology, from the Neolithic tot the Middle Ages, with a strong focus on the Metal Ages and the Roman Times. He was active in dozens of excavations, a.o. in Blicquy (Gallo-Roman) and Destelbergen (late Bronze Age to Gallo-Roman). His book ‘Archaeology and its problems’ (1957) is translated in 7 languages; his ‘Prehistorische kulturen in het zuiden der Lage Landen’ (1974) was translated into French (La Belgique d’avant les Romains’, 1982). S.J. De Laet was promotor of over 50 licentiate students and about a dozen of PhD students.

Prof. dr. L. Baron De Meyer (1928-2006)

Leon Baron De Meyer was rector at Ghent University from 1985 to 1993. He was an excellent specialist of cuneiform script and of Mesopotamian culture in general. He did archaeological research in Iraq from 1979 onwards, as expedition leader in Sippar-Amnanum (Tell Ed-Dêr, Iraq), where about 2400 cuneiform tablets were discovered.

Based on his research, he was able to build a correct time table for the Babylonian Empire. In 1998, it was discovered that the fall of Babylon should be dated to 1499 BC, caused by a raid by the Hittites.


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Prof. dr. R.A. Lunsingh Scheurleer (°1945)

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