Wim De Clercq lectures Historical Archaeology in North-Western Europe i.e.: the archaeology of the periods dating from the Roman to Modern times.
He started his career as field-archaeologist directing rescue and preventive operations (trial-trenching, watching briefs, full excavations) in the province of East-Flanders, Belgium for six years. From 2002 onwards he joined Ghent University, first as PhD student, later as a Post-Doctoral researcher and from 2011 as professor. Hecreated the Hisotrical Archaeology Research Group (HARG) and coordinates several research- and PhD-projects, all putting emphasis on the archaeology of the historical periods in NW-Europe.
His particular research interests include:
- Morphology and transformations in historical (Roman to early-Modern) rural occupation, landscape and material culture in historic Flanders. Within this topic, specific attention is drawn to the Roman and Medieval farms and house-building traditions
- The landscape and socio-economic dynamic of Bruges’ Late Medieval Medieval harbor network (Zwin)
- The Late-Medieval to Modern New Town of Middelburg-in-Flanders.
- Material culture and exchange-networks in Late-Medieval and Early-Modern Europe
- Multidisciplinary methods for assessing and documenting archaeological features.
- Archaeological heritage management policies.