Project director

Ann Brysbaert (PhD 2004, University of Glasgow) is Associate Professor at Leiden University. Previously she held academic positions at the University of Leicester (UK: 2004-2009); DIKEMES, Athens (Greece: 2009-2012); and at the University of Glasgow (UK: 2015). Between 2010 and 2013 she held a Senior A. von Humboldt Research Fellowship (University of Heidelberg, Germany) and between 2013 and 2014 a Senior Marie Curie – Gerda Henkel Research Fellowship at Leiden University. In 2014, she was Professeur Invitée, University of Bordeaux, Maison Ausonius and LaScArBx (France).

Current Research:

Ann’s current research and supervision interests concern architectural studies Bronze Age Greece and the East Mediterranean, pre-industrial technologies and related social practices, the integration of science-based studies with theoretical approaches and science-based topics relating to pyrotechnologies, painted plaster and mortars, and workshop contexts.

From 2015 until 2020, Ann is PI of an ERC Consolidator Grant project, based at the University of Leiden, entitled: ‘SETinSTONE. A retrospective impact assessment of human and environmental resource usage in Late Bronze Age Mycenaean Monumental Architecture, Greece’.

Ann is also a trained conservator of archaeological remains (BSc. Hons, UCL, Institute of Archaeology, London, 1996). She has built up c. 20 years of hands-on experience, has set up field labs and equipped conservation labs, and has been functioning as a conservation consultant for over 10 years. She has worked as a conservator in Lebanon (UNESCO project, National Museum, Beirut), the Athenian Agora (American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece), INSTAP-SCEC (Crete, Greece), Kythera Survey Project (British School, Athens, Greece), Vander Kelen-Mertens Museum (Leuven, Belgium), among several other places. Since 2009, she consults on the Kylene Harbour project (Director: Dr. J. Pakkanen) concerning conservation treatments of the materials that are found during the coastal survey seasons, mainly on objects found near the coastline in the sea water and thus prone to heavy weathering and corrosion patterns. She regularly advises on storing archaeological materials both in museums (display and storage) and on site, and on environmental control issues, topics she was teaching and supervising at the University of Leicester between 2004 and 2013.

Since 2004, she regularly functions as anonymous reviewer for the following:

journals: ‘Journal of Anthropological Archaeology’; ‘Studies in Conservation’; ‘Periodico di Mineralogia’; ‘Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology’; ‘Archaeometry’; ‘Journal of Cultural Heritage’; ‘Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry’; ‘Talanta. International Journal for Pure and Applied Analytical Chemistry’; ‘Museologia’.
research project proposals submitted to: the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (Daresbury, UK); Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK); the Israel Science Foundation.