Dimitri Van Limbergen (°1982) graduated in Archaeology in 2005 at KU Leuven, and received his Ph.D. degree in 2015 from Pisa University (Italy) and Ghent University (Belgium). Following his doctoral training, Dimitri was first appointed scientific collaborator (2015-2016) and then BOF Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Archaeology at Ghent University (2016-2019). Within his current position, he was a B.A.E.F. Honorary Fellow and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of History of Columbia University in the City of New York in the academic year 2017-2018.
Dimitri's main research fields include ancient food and agriculture, viticulture and oenology, Roman economy and trade, demography, landscape archaeology, bioarchaeology and ecology. He is especially interested in exploring how ancient civilizations produced their food within evolving environmental, agro-processing and demographic conditions; and how our insights into the past can help us better approach the present.
His current work deals in particular with the archaeology of wine production in Late Republican and Early/High Imperial Italy (ca. 200 BC - AD 200). He hereby focuses on developing innovative approaches to grape exploitation in Roman Italy, and exploring fresh perspectives on ancient economic mechanisms.
Since 2016, Dimitri has taught classes on Roman agriculture and diet at Ghent University and Columbia University, and he is co-teacher of the 2018-2019 Bachelor course 'Roman Archaeology: the Mediterranean World' at Ghent University. Finally, Dimitri is a dedicated wine amateur who gives lectures to both expert and non-expert audiences on the principles of Roman winemaking.