New CLUES publication ‘Interdisciplinarity between Humanities and Science. A Festschrift in honour of Prof. Dr. Henk Kars’

Henk Kars was appointed to the first Chair of Archaeometry in the Netherlands in 1994. In 1999, the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam founded the Institute for Geo- and Bioarchaeology for Research. At the same time, the Institute set up an interdisciplinary study programme entitled ‘geo- and bioarchaeology’, which was developed by Professor Henk Kar and, attracted and inspired a modest number of Bachelor’s and Master’s students, as well as PhD candidates from both the Netherlands and abroad.

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From 2002 Henk Kars was full time professor at VU Amsterdam, interim Director of CLUE, and founder and Managing Director of the Institute for Geo- and Bioarchaeology. The festschrift ‘Interdisciplinarity between Humanities and Science’ incorporates original peer-reviewed publications in the field straddling the Sciences and Humanities produced by various former PhD-students, post-docs and colleagues.

The book contains a description of Landscape archaeology in the first cultural landscapes of Europe as a mysterious outcome, as well as an analysis of the historical record of surface water flow of the centre of the Netherlands. It also includes an historical analysis of the southwest of the Netherlands since military inundations during the Eighty Year’s War and a reconstruction of  the palaeolandscapes of the east of the Netherlands to locate the origins of the river Linge. A longer time scale is considered in a 220.000 year overview of landscape development and habitation history in Flevoland.

Bioarchaeology is represented in a review of the current state of isotope research in the Netherlands and a correlation between bio- and geochemistry meets an analysis of organic residues in copper corrosion products. Archaeometry reveals the colour of Dutch archaeological textures And there is a description of the relevance of a quartzite Neolithic axe found near Huizen in The Netherlands. The Festschift was edited by Sjoerd Kluiving, Lisette Kootker and Rita Hermans.


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