Ann Brysbaert

Ann Brysbaert
Project Director

Ann Brysbaert is Professor of Ancient Technologies, Materials and Crafts at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. From 2015 until 2020, she is Principal Investigator of the ERC Consolidator Grant project SETinSTONE.

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Ann works on aspects of monumental architecture and human ecology in 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.


Ann has been teaching regularly since 1994, both in the field (first aid for finds on excavations), hands-on and preventive conservation in field and museum laboratories, and in university courses: in class room, in the field and distance learning (Leicester, Glasgow, Bordeaux, Amsterdam). She developed and taught both practical and theoretical courses in the fields of conservation and heritage, Aegean, Greek and East Mediterranean Archaeology, Theory in Archaeology, Ancient Materials and Technologies in the Ancient Greek World, and many others. In Leiden Ann has been (co)teaching in both BA and MA programmes in Material Culture Studies and World Archaeology (Mediterranean Archaeology).


  • 2018- Professor of Ancient Technologies, Materials and Crafts, Leiden University, Fac. of Archaeology, The Netherlands, (LU, FdA).
  • 2015-20 Principal Investigator of project: SETinSTONE. Awarded an ERC Consolidator grant. LU, FdA
  • 2018-20 Expert member of the International Research Program: ‘Material Entanglements in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond’. PIs: prof. M. Feldman (J. Hopkins University, USA), dr. A. Zournatzi (National Research Foundation,
  • Athens, Greece). Funding: J.P. Getty Foundation.
  • 2016- Member of the Conseil Scientifique International du LaScArBx, University of Bordeaux Montaigne.
  • 2015-12/2017 Associate Professor, Material Culture Studies & Archaeological Sciences, LU, FdA.
  • 2016-2018 Director of Research, LU, FdA.
  • 01-06/2015 Lecturer in Archaeological Sciences, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 2008-2013/4 Principal Investigator of: ‘Cross-Craft Interaction at Tiryns, Greece’ and co-initiator of the ‘Tracing Networks in the Mediterranean and Beyond’ project, funded by Leverhulme Research Grant. Universities of
  • Leicester, Glasgow, and Exeter.
  • 2014 Invited Professor, University of Bordeaux Montaigne, Maison Ausonius and LaScArBx, France.
  • 2013-15 Senior Marie Curie – Gerda Henkel Research Fellow, M4Human Programme. LU, FdA.
  • 2010-13 Senior A. von Humboldt Research Fellow, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 2009-13 Academic course tutor for the Distance Learning (DL) MA programme, University of Leicester, School of Museum Studies.
  • 2008-12 Professor in Ancient Greek Studies, DIKEMES, Athens, Greece.
  • 2004-2009 Lecturer of Archaeology & Anthropology, Collections Care. Programme Director of the DL courses, University of Leicester, Dept. of Museum Studies.
  • 2000-2004 PhD degree, University of Glasgow. Supervision: Dr. R.E. Jones, Prof. A.B. Knapp.
  • 1998 ICCROM Course: Conservation of Mural Paintings and Related Architectural Surfaces, Rome, Italy.
  • 1993-1996 BSc. in Archaeological Conservation, Institute of Archaeology, U.C.L. London, UK.
  • 02-04/1991 Erasmus Exchange Programme, Egyptology, Universitat Autonoma & Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.
  • 10/1987-09/92 M.A. in Archaeology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven-Belgium. Major in Egyptian and Aegean Archaeology