Jean Bourgeois is born in 1955 in Kananga (Congo) and started studying history and archaeology at Ghent University in 1973. He graduated as Master History and Archaeology in 1978. He was then a student of late prof. dr. Sigfried Jan De Laet and graduated with a masterpaper on the early La Tène ceramic of the Kemmelberg.
In 1979 he started as assistant researcher at the same university (Deparmtent of Archaeology), till 1991, under supervision of first late prof. dr. De Laet and from 1984 on late prof. dr. Jacques Nenquin. During that period he became in 1985 PhD in History and Archaeology, with a thesis on a diachronological study of the Comines-Warneton area (Belgium), based on survey, excavations and historical documentation. Focus here was on Roman sites and medieval moated sites.
He was, next to Ghent University postdoctoral researcher, part time associate professor at Brussels Free University (VUB), from 1986 to 1999.
After his PhD, Jean Bourgeois focussed his research on the Metal Ages in western Europe, through excavations, study of materials and aerial photography surveys. Togehter with prof. Nenquin and pilot Jacques Semey, he launched then the aerial survey project, that is still going on.A more recent part of this research on aerial photography focusses now on historical APs, more specifically these from World War I.
From 1995 on, part of his research focussed on landscape research of the last 4 millennia in the Altai Mountains (Siberia, Russia), where he organised some 15 expeditions to survey and map archaeological heritage in the area, using remote sensing techniques.
In 1991 he became full time associate professor at the Department of Archaeology and full (1997) and later senior full professor (2001) in charge of Archaeology and Prehistory of Europe.
He is Korrespondierende Mitglieder of the Deutsche Archäologische Institut (1996), Francqui Research professor (2010-2013), Member of the Academia Europaea (2011) and Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (2011). He is also active in the UISPP Union Internationale des Sciences Pré- et Protohistoriques - IUPPS International Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences, where he was secretary general between 1996 and 2006 and president (2011-2017).
Jean Bourgeois is teaching Archaeology of the Bronze Age and the Iron Age in Europe, as well as some methodological aspects of archaeology.
Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology
General Introduction to Archaeology (with colleague Philippe Crombé): General overview of different aspects of archaeology as discipline. Amongst others, history of archaeology, archaeological theories, ansd some specific aspects of archaeology, as cognitive archaeology and landscape archaeolgoy
Pre- and Protohistory (with colleague Philippe Crombé) : Chronological overview of the prehistoric and protohistoric industries and cultures ofEurope, especially of Western Europe in the Bronze Age and the Iron Age
Protohistory: detailed overview of the occupation of the Low Countries in the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, related to the neighbouring countries. There is a focus on settlement patternsand structures, funeral practices, religion and ideology, social and economic aspects of the period, material culture
Materials: Metal Ages: evolution of ceramic (technology and typology) during the Bronze Age and the Iron Age in the Low Countries, of metal (ornaments, jewels as fibulae, bracelets, torques, etc; weapons and tolls in bronze and iron), glass, as well as less common categories of artefacts as amber, coral, organic artefacts (wood, textile...)
Master of Arts in Archaeology
Archaeology and Society: History of Archaeology in Belgium, structures and institutions within flemisharchaeology, overview of legislations, Flemish legislation, Walloon legislation, Malta, legislation in the Netherlands, France, England. Ethics of archaeology
Archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Ages in Western Europe. Capita Selecta: Critical discussion on capita selecta from the Western European protohistory. Selection of capita changes from year to year