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Prof Dries Tys

Key Research Interests

•    Early Medieval trade & connections

•      Medieval urban origins

•      Early medieval rituality

•      Coastal landscapes and societies
 

Background

 

M.A. Archaeology (University of Ghent, 1994)

 

M.A. History (University of Ghent, 1996)

 

PhD. Historical Archaeology (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2003)

Background

 

M.A. Archaeology (University of Ghent, 1994)

 

M.A. History (University of Ghent, 1996)

 

PhD. Historical Archaeology (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2003)

Dries Tys graduated in 2003 with a Phd dissertation on the medieval landscape of coastal Flanders (as Phd fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders - FWO). Between 2003 and 2005 he was postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders – FWO, with a project on the materialization of power in the urban and rural landscapes of Flanders. In 2005 Dries Tys became Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology at the VUB and Senior Lecturer in 2014. He was Head of Department of Art Studies and Archaeology (2010-2015), and Program director between 2008 and 2017.


He teaches courses in the field of Medieval Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology and Archaeological Methods and Theory as well as the General Introduction to Archaeology.


His research focuses on the development of medieval landscapes and settlements in relation to social formations and strategies of social reproduction. One of his main research theme is the study of landscapes of state formation between the Frankish period and the Feudal period, with attention to the landscape of social inequality, the start of urban settlements and the coastal environment (embankments).

An important new research project is the Belspo Excellence of Science project "Crumbel: Cremations, Urns and Mobility - Ancient Population Dynamics in Belgium". This project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between natural scientists of VUB, ULB, UGent, and KIK/IRPA, where cremation burials from between the Neolithic and the Early Middle Ages will be studied from a mutual bioarchaeological (isotope studies and osteoarchaeology) perspective and a cultural perspective (burial rites).

Since 2012, Dries Tys has been a member of the Committee of the Medieval Europe Research Community (MERC) and in 2015 he became the Chair of this international group that promotes connections between the medieval and other archaeologists in Europe and elsewhere. MERC, today, is an important community associated to the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA).

Main Publications

Devos, Y., Wouters, B., Vrydaghs, L., Tys, D., Bellens, T. & Schryvers, A. 2013. A micromorphological study on the origins of the early medieval trading centre of Antwerp (Belgium). Quaternary International, 315. 167-183.

 

Tys, D. 2013. The Medieval embankment of coastal Flanders in context. In: Thoen, E., G.J. Borger, A.M.J. de Kraker, T. Soens, D. Tys, L. Vervaet & H.J.T. Weerts (ed.), Landscapes or Seascapes?: The history of the coastal environment in the North Sea Area considered. Comparative Rural History of the North Sea Area (CORN), vol. 13. Turnhout: Brepols, 199-239.

 

Loveluck C. & Tys D. 2006. Coastal societies, exchange and identity along the Channel and southern North Sea shores of Europe, AD 600-1000. Journal for Maritime Archaeology, 1(2), 140-169.