Annelies Van de Ven

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

I am interested in how archaeology intersects with knowledge and identity formation, both in the present and in the past. The lives of sites, monuments and sites don’t end with their deposition or abandonment; they have extensive and interesting afterlives in which their meanings are constantly changed and challenged.

Current Engagements

My post-doctoral project aims to bridge the object–text divide by developing new methods for analysing, displaying and engaging collections of both objects and texts: texts in the sense of books, tablets, and stamps etc. as well as the archives associated with these collections. In order to properly integrate these collections, interdisciplinary, collaborative and multi-vocal approaches need to be developed. From a museological point of view these collections are full of incredibly engaging narratives that have the potential to speak to diverse audiences.

In addition to my research, I am also the project educator for a teaching initiative in the Goulburn Valley, where we use object-based learning strategies to improve student confidence, retention and educational aspirations (see

I am also one of the European Conveners in the Group for Education in Museums (see and an editor for the peer-reviewed journal Ancient Near Eastern Studies (


I obtained my MA in Ancient History and Archaeology in 2013 from the University of St Andrews where I also studied Anthropology and Art History. During my studies I contributed to the research and outreach of the Scottish Coastal Heritage and the Problem of Erosion project ( as well as the excavations at Tel Megiddo East/Legio ( Additionally, I worked at the Archaeological Depot in Antwerp and with Erfgoedcel Pajottenland Zennevallei.

In 2018, I completed a PhD in Middle Eastern Archaeology and Museology at the University of Melbourne mapping the object biography of the Cyrus Cylinder and exploring new strategies for its display and dissemination. During this period, I also taught at the University in the fields of Ancient History and Archaeology. I developed a course offering a hands-on archaeology course through establishing collaborations with a local archaeological company. I worked with local museums as a curator, events facilitator and educator. Finally, I contributed to three major foreign archaeological excavations during this period in Georgia, Iraq and Greece.



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