Professor Marijke van der Veen

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Emeritus Professor of Archaeology

Kandidaats, Doctoraal (Groningen), M.A., Ph.D. (Sheffield), FSA

Tel: 0116 252 2615



Marijke van der Veen studied History and Archaeology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and undertook the MA in Economic Archaeology and her PhD in Archaeobotany at the University of Sheffield. She worked at Durham University for five years as the English Heritage advisor of environmental archaeology for northern England. She joined the School in October 1992 and was promoted to Professor of Archaeology in 2005.




Selected Recent Publications

Van der Veen, M. and Morales, J. 2017. Food globalisation and the Red Sea: new evidence from the ancient ports at Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt. In Agius, D.A., Khalil, E., Scerri, E.M.L. and Williams, A. (eds) Human Interaction with the Environment in the Red Sea. Selected Papers of Red Sea Project VI. Leiden: Brill, pp. 254-289.

Van der Veen, M. and Morales, J. 2015. The Roman and Islamic spice trade: New archaeological evidence. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 167: 54-63. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2014.09.036

Van der Veen, M. 2014. The materiality of plants: plant-people entanglements. World Archaeology 46(5): 799-812.

Van der Veen, M. 2014 (on-line). Arable farming, horticulture, and food: expansion, innovation, and diversity in Roman Britain. In M. Millett, L. Revell and A. Moore (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain. Oxford, OUP. DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199697713.013.046.

Van der Veen, M., Hill, A. and Livarda, A. 2013. The archaeobotany of Medieval Britain (c AD 450–1500): identifying research priorities for the 21st century. Medieval Archaeology 57, 151-182. DOI: 10.1179/0076609713Z.00000000018

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2011 (Van der Veen, M.)  Consumption, Trade and Innovation: Exploring the Botanical Remains from the Roman and Islamic Ports at Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt.  Frankfurt: Africa Magna Verlag. ISBN 9783937248233. (Table of Contents).


Van der Veen, M. 2010  Plant remains from Zinkekra - early evidence for oasis agriculture. In D. J. Mattingly (ed.) The Archaeology of Fazzan. Vol. 3: Excavations of C. M. Daniels. London: Society for Libyan Studies, Department of Antiquities, pp. 489-519.

Van der Veen, M. 2010. Agricultural innovation: invention and adoption or change and adaptation? World Archaeology 42(1): 1-12.  URL:

Van der Veen, M. (editor) 2010. Agricultural Innovation. World Archaeology 42(1).

Van der Veen, M., Morales, J. and Cox, A. 2009. Food and culture: the plant foods from Roman and Islamic Quseir, Egypt. In: Fairbairn, A. S. and Weiss, E. (eds.) From Foragers to Farmers: Papers in Honour of Gordon C. Hillman. Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 263-270.

Van der Veen, M. 2008. Food as embodied material culture – diversity and change in plant food consumption in Roman Britain. Journal of Roman Archaeology 21: 83-110.

Cox, A. and Van der Veen, M. 2008. Changing foodways: watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) consumption in Roman and Islamic Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 17 (suppl. 1): 181-189. DOI 10.1007/s00334-008-0164-8

Van der Veen, M., Livarda, A. and A. Hill, A. 2008. New food plants in Roman Britain – dispersal and social access. Environmental Archaeology 13(1): 11-36. DOI 10.1179/174963108X279193

Van der Veen, M. 2007. Formation processes of desiccated and carbonised plant remains - the identification of routine practice. Journal of Archaeological Science 34: 968-990. DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2006.09.007

Van der Veen, M., Livarda, A. and Hill, A. 2007. The archaeobotany of Roman Britain – current state and identification of research priorities. Britannia 38: 181-210.

Van der Veen, M. and Tabinor, H. 2007. Food, fodder and fuel at Mons Porphyrites: the botanical evidence. In V. A. Maxfield and D. P. S. Peacock (eds.) Survey and Excavation at Mons Porphyrites 1994-1998. Volume 2: The Excavations. London, Egypt Exploration Society, pp. 83-142.

Van der Veen, M. and Jones, G. 2007. The production and consumption of cereals: a question of scale. In C. Haselgrove and T. Moore (eds.) The Later Iron Age of Britain and Beyond. Oxford, Oxbow, pp. 419-429.

See Publications for a full list.

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