Dr. David R. Fontijn

David Fontijn is Associate Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands and director of the Leiden Graduate School of Archaeology. Furthermore he is Director of Research of the Faculty of Archaeology. His research interests comprise the European Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age with a particular focus on the exchange and deposition of metalwork as well as the archaeology of “ritual landscapes”. During his fellowship at Topoi David Fontijn was part of the research group (C-III) Acts by investigating Bronze Age artefacts with regard to their role in the identification of extraordinary places. In 2008 he began working in the multidisciplinary research project “Ancestral Mounds” which analyses the archaeology of prehistoric burial mounds. In 2015 he received the Vici-grant of the Dutch Sciene Foundation NWO for a rsearch project on object destruction in the Bronze Age entitled “Economies of Destruction”.