ESR Fellow, Cambridge
2006‐2008 RMA Prehistoric farming communities in North West Europe
Leiden University, the Netherlands
- Concentration on theoretical archaeology, ritual, metalworking, research skills, Bell Beaker wrist‐guards
- Research Master Thesis “Bronze Age metalworking in the Netherlands (c. 2000‐800BC). A research into the preservation of metallurgy related artefacts and the social position of the smith” (grade 8,5 /10).
2001‐2006 BA Prehistory of Western‐Europe
Leiden University, the Netherlands
- BA thesis “Looking for the Bronze Smithy. A research into the preservation of metallurgy‐related artefacts in the Bronze Age; melting and casting” (grade 9/10)
2002‐2006 BA Photography and film (minor)
Royal Art Academy, Den Hague
- Focus on the image and archaeology, philosophy and the image; concentration on archaeological documentaries. Camera and director work.
2007‐present: Director and camera at Kuijpers & Gijtenbeek
Privatly held company that produces documentaries, mainly on archaeological topics
08/2008 ‐ 09/2009 Teaching & Research assistant at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University
- Working on the results from the Oss‐Horzak excavations (1997‐2007)
- Guidance of BA students writing their thesis
- Guidance of high school students participating in the introduction course on archaeology
04/2008‐08/2008: Employee faculty of Archaeology
Development and writing of introduction course book on archaeology for high school students
2003‐2005 Student‐assistant on behalf of Prof. Dr. H. Fokkens
10/2008 SAN‐1, Manzanilla, Trinidad & Tobago
Field archaeologist at excavation of small pre‐Columbian settlement under supervision of Drs. M. Dorst.
05/2007 Oss Zevenbergen, the Netherlands
Camera & field archaeologist at the barrow excavation of Zevenbergen conducted by Leiden University.
Summer 2006 Oss‐Horzak, the Netherlands
Field Archaeologist & camera on the large scale excavation Oss Horzak conducted by Leiden University and Archol
08/2005 Zaozer’e, Russia
Field Archaeologist at Paleolithic excavation in Zaozer’e near Perm in Russia under the guidance of Prof. Dr. W. Roebroeks and Dr. P. Pavlov.
Kuijpers, M.H.G., In prep., Magic versus science in the interpretation of prehistoric metal‐making: a re‐match
Kuijpers, M.H.G., 2008, Bronze Age metalworking in the Netherlands (c. 2000‐800BC). A research into the preservation of metallurgy related artefacts and the social position of the smith, Microweb, Leiden (Research Master Thesis).
Fokkens, H & Y. Achterkamp & M.H.G. Kuijpers, 2008, Bracers or bracelets? About the functionality and meaning of Bell beaker wrist‐guards, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 74, 109‐140.
Kuijpers, M.H.G., 2008, Aansluitingsmodule Archeologie, ICLON, Leiden.
Kuijpers, M.H.G., 2007, Op zoek naar de bronssmid, Detector Magazine 92.
Kuijpers, M.H.G., 2006, Looking for the Bronze Smithy. A research into the preservation of metallurgy‐related artefacts in the Bronze Age; melting and casting, BA Thesis, Leiden.
Kuijpers, M.H.G., 2003, Bronstijdsmeden in Nederland, Profiel 10 ‐ 2/3, 102‐11, Leiden.
Documentaries and films (selection)
2009: The seventh hill
Trailer on the excavation of a rich Iron Age burial mound in Oss, The Netherlands. Shown on the opening of the exhibition.
2009: Four Promotional films Faculty of Archaeology
By order of Faculty of Archaeology. Four small promotional films on the possibilities of studying Archaeology in Leiden
2008: Barbie’s Amazing Archaeological Discoveries
Own project in cooperation with ArcheoFun. Four small films featuring Barbie presenting new innovative archaeological equipment. Comical intermezzo on the Reuvensdagen (Dutch Archaeological conference).
2006: OHZ’06 De wil om te weten
End‐project for the Art academy. Documentary on the destructive nature of archaeology
Reuvensdagen 2008 (Rijswijk, The Netherlands, November 2008). “The image, the achillesheel of archaeology?”
Archaeological Forum (Leiden University, the Netherlands, November 2007) “Bracers or bracelets?”
Prizes and grants
2008: W.A. van Es prize
Incentive price for young research talent in the Netherlands. Rewarded once every two years for the best thesis in the field of Dutch archaeology, The Netherlands Institute for Heritage.
2009: Bagueley Award 2008
Yearly prize for voted best article in the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Co-authored paper with Harry Fokkens and Yvonne Achterkamp: Bracers or Bracelets? About the Functionality and Meaning of Bell Beaker Wrist-guards.
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