Lidewijde de Jong

prof. dr.

  • Poststraat6, Gebouw 1212, ruimte 0233

    9712 ER Groningen


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Research interests

I am an archaeologist of the Near East in the Roman period. My research focuses on the dynamics of ancient empires and identity formation, and extends to the era of the Hellenistic-Seleucid kings, preceding Roman control, and the period after Rome was replaced by Byzantine and Early Islamic rulers. I take a bottom-up approach to ancient imperialism by investigating the cultural expressions of local communities. Funerary customs in particular, provide key insights to the formation and renegotiation of local identities in the face of imperial and globalizing forces. I am also interested in archaeological theory, digital approaches, and initiatives aimed at safeguarding cultural heritage of the Middle East.
Key words: Archaeology of the Hellenistic and Roman Near East, Mortuary Studies, Ancient Empires, Globalization and Identity, Diversity and Sustainability, Archaeological Heritage in Conflict zones, and Digitalization/Digital Databases

Education/Academic qualification

Becoming a Roman province: An analysis of funerary practices in Roman Syria in the context of empire, Stanford Univ, Stanford University

Award Date: 1-Jul-2007

External positions

Steering Committee Member, ARCHON-Research School of Archaeology

2019 → …

Scientific Committee Member of International Symposium Pisidian Studies II


Member of Scientific Committee, Broadening Horizons Congress

2017 → …

Advisory Board Member American Journal of Archaeology


Scientific/Advisory Board Member of the Department of Archaeology at Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi/Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi (Journal of Social Sciences Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta)

Chair CRASIS (Interdepartmental institute for Culture, Religion and Society in the Ancient World, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

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