Team Universiteit van Amsterdam

The excavation team of the Universiteit van Amsterdam consisted of 26 specialists and students from 8 different countries: The Netherlands (11), Tunisia (3), Germany (5), USA (2), Italy (2), Spain (1), England (1) and Switzerland (1). The publication staff working on the finds after the excavation will even add to this number. In addition, a team of nine Tunisian workmen have assisted in the excavation. These men have extensive experience, having worked for years with the American mission in Carthage. A Tunisian night guard and a day guard took care of the site during the time we were not there.

Field director : Dr. Roald F. DOCTER (1963)

Studied Classical Archaeology and History of Art at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), where he took his Master Degree with a study on the capacities of Levantine transport amphorae (1988). His dissertation dealt with archaic transport amphorae of Carthage and Toscanos and their contribution to the understanding of Phoenician economy (1997). He held a position of research fellow at the Archaeological Institute of the Universität Hamburg (1991) and at the Department of Classical Archaeology of the UvA (1992-1996). From 1997 till 1999 he worked as an assistant in the Department of Classical Archaeology of the UvA and at the Allard Pierson Museum. He received grants from the German and the Spanish governments to study in Hamburg, Madrid and Málaga respectively (1989 and 1990). Since 1999 he is fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), preparing a study on Carthage in the sixth century B.C., which he started with one research year in Rome. He participated in excavations in the Flevopolder (1980-1981), Weert (1984), Satricum (1985-1986) and Carthage (since 1987) as well as in a survey in Laconia (1986). Besides that, he is engaged in the publication of the excavations of the Universität Hamburg in Carthage and of the Albanian-Greek excavations in the Greek colony Butrint. He is editor of the periodical TALANTA and treasurer of the Dutch Archaeological and Historical Society. He co-organized the 15th International Congress of Classical Archaeology in Amsterdam (1998) and co-edited its Proceedings (1999). He published extensively. Key publications: Archaische Amphoren aus Karthago und Toscanos. Fundspektrum und Formentwicklung. Ein Beitrag zur phoenizischen Wirtschaftsgeschichte (Iberia Archaeologica 2; with contributions by M.B. Annis, L. Jacobs and G.H.J.M. Blessing), forthcoming; Pottery, Graves and Ritual I: Phoenicians of the first generation in Pithekoussai, in: P. Bartoloni (ed.) Atti del Primo Congresso Internazionale Sulcitano: La Ceramica Fenicia di Sardegna, dati, problematiche, confronti, Sant’Antioco, 19-21 settembre 1997, 2000,135-150; see also the short bibliography, below. He takes part in the excavation for ten weeks. He will coordinate the work in the field and the finds laboratory and will mainly be occupied with the evaluation of the results and the production of the excavation report.

Trench supervisors

Lidewijde DE JONG, MA (1974)
Studied Classical Archaeology at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), where she took her Master Degree with a study on a Roman cemetery in Beirut (1997). In the course of her studies she has specialized in Roman Archaeology in the Near East in general and in Roman burial practices in particular. She also took courses at the Anthropological Department of the UvA. Currently she is attached to the Near Eastern department of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands (RMO), where she works on the analysis and publication of the stratigraphy of Tell Sabi Abyad (North-Syrian Balikh valley). She prepares a dissertation on burial practices and Roman influences in Syria and Lebanon between 64 BC - 330 AD. She has participated in excavations at Weert (1994), Beirut (1995-96), Geraki (1997), Tell Sabi Abyad (since 1996) and has been awarded with several research and travel grants for her work in the Middle East: by NWO (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research), the Allard Pierson Foundation, The Reiman de Bas Foundation (Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds) and the Doctor Catharine van Tussenbroek Foundation. Key publication: Beirut: the History and Archaeology, ARAM periodical 2001, forthcoming. She takes part in the excavation for nine weeks and is responsible for trenches 1 and 2.

Lione P. DU PIED, MA (1973)
Studied Mediterranean Archaeology at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), where she took her Master Degree with a study on Phoenician Tomb Types and Burial Customs (1997). She took special courses in the restoration of ceramics (1996), physical geographical mapping/surveying (1996), and physical anthropology (1997). She has participated in many excavations, at Weert (1994), Tiel (1996), Beirut (1995-96), Tell Sabi Abyad (1997), Hardinxveld-Giessendam (1998), Kootwijk (1998-2000), and Arnhem (1998/99). From 1999 till August 2000 she worked as a field archaeologist in a Dutch Archaeological Excavation Firm (Archeologisch Dienstencentrum, Bunschoten), investigating several sites ranging from the Bronze Age till modern times. Apart from that, she has been training undergraduate students of European and Mediterranean Archaeology in the UvA fieldwork training program (1998-2000). In 1998, the Allard Pierson Foundation awarded her a research and travel grant in preparation of a dissertation project. In January 2000, she will start a dissertation on Early Iron Age pottery assemblages on the Levantine Coast, for which she has been awarded a four-years’ scholarship at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Her essay on the Phoenician cemetery of Beirut for the final report of the excavations is in preparation. She will participate in the excavation for five weeks and is responsible for trenches 3 and 4 during the second part of the campaign. She will instruct the participants in the use of the ceramigrafo (a computerized instrument used in drawing pottery fragments).

Didier FONTANNAZ, MA (1971)
Studied Classical and Roman Provincial Archaeology at the University of Lausanne. His ‘mémoire de licence’ was a contextual analysis of an early Apulian workshop of red-figured vases (1996). He prepares a dissertation on a global approach of early Italiote vases of Tarent and their diffusion. Since 1997, he has been the assistant of Professor Claude Bérard in the Institute of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Lausanne. During the academic year 1999/2000, he worked in Italy and was member of the Swiss Institute of Rome. He received grants from the ‘Istitituto per la storia e l’archeologia della Magna Grecia’, the University of Lausanne, and the Academic Society of the Canton de Vaud. Since 1989, he has participated in excavations in Switzerland (Orbe, Yverdon, Nyon, and Vaumarcus), France (Mont Beuvray), and Italy (Paestum, Incoronata di Metaponto, Cuma, Laos, and Tremitito). He is presently creating a study group on the classical and hellenistic wares produced in South Italy and Sicily. Key publications: Philoctète à Lemnos dans la céramique attique et italiote: une mise au point, Antike Kunst 43, 2000, 53-69; Falsare humanum est: un atelier de faussaire en Italie méridionale, Ostraka forthcoming; reviews on Italiote ware in the ‘Bulletin céramique’ of the REG forthcoming; several essays in a catalogue on Apulian red-figured vases from a private collection in Bremgarten (CH) forthcoming. Didier takes part in the excavation for four and a half weeks and is responsible for trenches 3 and 4 during the first part of the campaign. He will also be responsible for the first description of the Attic and South-Italian figured pottery fragments. email:

Elvira GROENEWOUD (1964)
Studied Classical Archaeology and History of Art at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RuG), where she took her Master Degree with a study on the Phoenician expansion on Malta (1991). She prepares a dissertation on ancient Mediterranean sanctuaries in the context of Phoenician/Punic expansion and colonisation. Received grants from Dutch private organisations to study in Malta, and work on a joint project concerning Phoenician and Punic pottery from rock-cut tombs in Malta (1992 and 1993). Received a grant from the local government to follow an extensive Business Management course (1994-95), and is currently working as a directing manager at ARC bv (Archaeological Research and Consultancy) in Groningen ( She also holds a part-time position as a research fellow at the PhD and Postdoc Centre at the RuG (1997-2002). She participated in excavations in Satricum (1987), Lavdha (1988), Tell al-Raqai (1989), Klazomenai (1990), Carthage (1991), and Monte Sirai (1992), as well as in surveys in the Agro Pontino (1987) and Olmobello (1992). She is editor of TMA, a Dutch periodical on Mediterranean Archaeology. Key publications: Phoenician Oil-Bottles in Malta, in: Journal of Mediterranean Studies 6-2, 1996, 197-205; Materiales cerámicos, descripción, in: P. Vidal González, La Isla de Malta en Época Fenicia y Púnica (BAR International Series 653) 1996, 35-72; Malta, a Phoenician Port of Trade?, in: Atti del IV Congreso Internacional de Estudios Fenicios y Púnicos, Cadiz 2-6 Octubre 1995, forthcoming; La isla de Malta y los primeros asentiamientos fenicios, in: Atti del IV Congreso Internacional de Estudios Fenicios y Púnicos, Cadiz 2-6 Octubre 1995, forthcoming; Punic Pottery in Malta. Typical Maltese?, in: Atti del Primo Congresso Internazionale Sulcitano. La Ceramica Fenicia di Sardegna. Dati, Problematiche, Confronti, Sant’Antioco 19-21 Settembre 1997, 2000, 193-200. She will participate in the excavation for four weeks. She is responsible for trench 8 and for the initial classification of Archaic Phoenician pottery. email:

Dr. Josep Anton REMOLÀ (1963)
Took his doctorate in archaeology (1996) Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with a doctoral thesis on Late Roman amphorae of Tarraco, recently updated and published in the series "Instrumenta" (number 7) of the Universitat de Barcelona, titled Las ánforas tardo-antiguas en Tarraco (Hispania Tarraconensis), siglos IV-VII dC (Barcelona, 2000). Archaeologist of the Taller-Escola d’Arqueologia de Tarragona between 1987-1990, where three monographies on funerary area (1987), provincial forum (1989) and the amphitheatre of Tarraco were published. Archaeologist and founder of CODEX-Arqueologia i Patrimoni from 1990. Associated lecturer at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona) between 1997-1999. Author of various articles on Roman archaeology and Late Roman amphorae and co-editor, with X. Duprè, of the acts of the congress Sordes Urbis. La eliminación de los residuos en las ciudades romanas, organised by the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología (CSIC) in Rome (Rome, november 1996), and to be published by "L’ERMA" di Bretschneider (Roma, 2000). Fellowships for the University of Southampton (spring term 1990) and the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología (CSIC) in Rome. In charge of numerous archaeological excavations in Tarraco and Catalonia and head of excavations in the Roman theatre and the meridional sector of the forum of Tusculum (Rome, Lazio). Currently coordinating the archaeological excavations being carried out in a large sector of the portuary area of Tarraco. Associated lecturer at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona) from 2000. He will participate in the excavation for nine weeks and is responsible for trenches 5 and 6. He will also take care of the initial classification of the Middle Imperial and Late Roman transport amphorae. email: