Dr Daniël van Helden

Postdoctoral Research Associate

dvh.jpgArch-I-Scan project

dpvh2@leicester.ac.uk

Daniël is the archaeology Postdoctoral Research Associate on the AHRC-funded Arch-I-Scan project. His role in the project is that of archaeologist/translator, facilitating interdisciplinary communication within the project, as well as working on the archaeological analyses in the later phases of the project. The project’s intersection between Roman archaeology and innovative mathematical approaches gels particularly well with his own interests.

Daniël’s research focusses around archaeological thinking and the epistemological status of archaeological knowledge. His research is characterised by the extremes of levity and moralization, between which he veers wildly. In his PhD thesis, entitled To identity and beyond: exploring the limits of the archaeological study of identity, which is on the preachy side, he has worked on the philosophy and methodology of the archaeological study of identity, emphasising the importance of being humble and honest about the potential, but also limits of archaeological research and the importance of reflecting on the epistemic merit of our conclusions. On the other end of the spectrum, he has, together with Dr Robert Witcher (University of Durham), published Researching the archaeological past through imagined narratives: a necessary fiction, a collection on the use of fiction as an archaeological research tool.

Daniël enjoys joining in laughing with the rest of the world which, rightfully, does not take him too seriously. In his spare time, he likes to do acrobatics, which really just means lifting his children (and anyone else who is willing) over his head and throwing them about.

https://leicester.academia.edu/DaanvanHelden

Publications

2020 van Helden, D.P. & Witcher, R.E. (eds.): Representing the archaeological past through imagined narratives. Oxford, Routledge.

2020 van Helden, D.P. & Witcher, R.E. Introduction. In: D.P. van Helden & R.E. Witcher (eds.) Representing the archaeological past through imagined narratives. Oxford, Routledge.

2020 van Helden, D.P. & Witcher, R.E. Walking in someone else’s shoes to a fusion of horizons: empathy and archaeology. In: D.P. van Helden & R.E. Witcher (eds.) Representing the archaeological past through imagined narratives. Oxford, Routledge.

2018 van Helden, D.P., Hong, Y. & Allison, P.M.: Towards an inter- and intra-site ontology using ‘legacy data’. In: P.M. Allison, M. Pitts & S. Colley (eds.) Big data on the Roman table: Proceedings of a research network, 2015-2016. Internet Archaeology, special volume.

Forthcoming

Witcher, R.E. & van Helden, D.P. Something more than imagination: archaeology and fiction. In: Gill, J., McKenzie, C. & Lightfoot, E. (eds.) Writing Remains: New Intersections of Archaeology and Literature. London: Bloomsbury.

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