Prof. dr. Ruurd B. Halbertsma
Curator collection Classical World (Greece, Etruria, Roman Empire) and Provincial Roman Archeology (The Netherlands)
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Ruurd Halbertsma (1958) studied Classical Languages, Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Leiden. He performed fieldwork in Italy and led excursions to Greece, Turkey, Italy and Tunisia. During his studies, he had already become interested in the history of archaeological collecting in Europe and the specific role of the Netherlands in that. This interest resulted in his dissertation about the origin of the 19th century collections of Punic, Etruscan and Egyptian art in the Netherlands: “Le solitaire des ruines – the archaeological journeys of Jean Emile Humbert (1771-1839) in the service of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Leiden, 1995)”. He published articles and monographs, gave lectures on his field of interest at universities in Copenhagen, Paris, New Haven (Yale) and Cambridge (Harvard).
Besides his appointment as curator, Halbertsma is attached to the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University as professor in museology and the history of archaeology. In 2010 he was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
In 2014 and 2015 Halbertsma took on the redevelopment of the permanent exhibitionClassic Worldof the National Museum of Antiquities. The starting point for this redevelopment was ‘Greeks in context’ – the interaction between Greek culture and the surrounding civilizations in the Mediterranean region, influence and inspiration.The refurbished rooms were opened to the public by the end of 2015.
- Material culture of Greece, Etruria and the Roman Empire
- History of archaeological collecting
- Museum studies
Key research projects
The 19th century as cradle of modern archaeology: the history of Dutch archaeology is largely the history of the National Museum of Antiquities for all of the 19th century. An attempt is made to present an overview of the most significant developments in this period that have resulted in the emergence of large collections of archaeology and that have prompted ideas about the ideal presentation of a collection related to antiquity.