Obituary Professor Emeritus Ernie Haerinck (1949-2016)

Prof. Dr. Em. Ernie Haerinck (large view)

Prof. Dr. Em. Ernie Haerinck

(16-10-2016) It is with great sadness that the Department of Archaeology of Ghent University announces the passing away of their dear colleague Professor Emeritus Ernie Haerinck who died unexpectedly on the 5th of October 2016

Ernie Haerinck (° 20/06/1949) graduated from Ghent University in June 1971 with a degree in Archaeology, specialising in the Ancient Near East. His doctorate on Parthian pottery, for which he conducted research in Iran for two years, made an essential contribution to the knowledge of the material culture of the Parthian period. In 1991 he was appointed associate professor at Ghent University in the research area of ​​Archaeology and Art History of the Near East and in 2000 full professor. In 2006 he became senior full professor, and he remained an active researcher after he was given emeritus status in 2014.

During his long career at Ghent University, he was a respected and acclaimed lecturer and several generations of students owe a great debt of gratitude to him for his supervision and tutoring. He directed numerous successful archaeological projects. He participated in several excavations in Luristan and undertook study campaigns in the Caucasus and Central Asia. In 1987 he started his fieldwork in SE Arabia with excavations on the Hellenistic site of ed-Dur (Emirate of Umm al-Quwain) (late 1st century BC - mid 2nd century AD). Besides ed-Dur, he also directed other archaeological projects in the Emirates of Umm al-Quwain, Ajman and recently in the Emirate of Sharjah (Mleiha, 2007-2014). Between 1998 and 2000 three field survey and excavation campaigns were conducted in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

He was editor of the international A1 journal "Iranica Antiqua", editor of the series "Acta Iranica" and a member of the editorial board of several other international journals and series. He was also an Honorary Titular Member of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences and an active honorary member of the Deutsches Archaölogisches Instituts. Ernie Haerinck was Commander of the Order of Leopold and was awarded the Civic Medal First Class and the Civic Cross First Class.

He was above all a highly respected and beloved colleague, and will be sorely missed.


According to his wishes a private cremation ceremony has taken place. The news of his passing was to be announced with some delay.