Merlijn Veltman
Maia Casna
Lasse van den Dikkenberg
Marie Kolbenstetter
Alex Tutwiler
Alessandro Aleo
Louise Olerud

Inter-Section provides a platform for student-led research at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. The journal resulted from discussions raised during the two-day symposium ‘Archaeology in Transition’, celebrating the opening of the Van Steenis Building in September 2014. A group of internationally renowned speakers sought the reasons behind low publishing rates among students conducting research during their studies, even as expectations to publish continue to rise after graduation. Citing common reasons for their reluctance, students proclaimed insecurity over the relevance of their work for the broader archaeological field, as well as unfamiliarity with the publication process. The need became apparent for a dedicated journal to promote and stimulate publication of undergraduate and graduate student research.

Editorial Board.

The Editorial Board is composed of Leiden University archaeology students. Our main goal is to stimulate both undergraduate and graduate students to take an additional step in their academic development by publishing their individual research. The Editorial Board assesses the quality of all publications through the set-up of the submission process which manages contacts between authors, the Advisory Committee, and external peer-reviewers. 

The Editorial Board is always open to suggestions for further improvement. We can be contacted by email (editorialboard@inter-section.nl) or in person at the Faculty. 

Mission Statement.

Inter-Section is a journal intended for students and staff affiliated with the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, as well as those interested in the range of student-research carried out here. The journal offers an accessible platform for the publication of individual research by undergraduate and graduate students. At Inter-Section, we emphasize career advancement and training for student-authors. Online open-access facilitates this by streamlining the addition of publications to CVs and network profiles.

The curriculum at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, encourages students to write between 90,000 and 120,000 words for essays, reports, and theses, which often address theoretical and methodological issues relevant for a wider audience. Many of these texts have a limited readership, as converting them into scientific papers requires additional support. Contributing factors to low publishing rates among students include time constraints, unfamiliarity with the publication process, and insecurity over research impact. We aim to correct this by encouraging student researchers to write brief, focused articles and by guiding them through peer-review by specialists. Rather than narrowing focus to any one method, region, or time period, we aim to include diverse approaches that look beyond arbitrary divisions and place student-led research in a broader archaeological discourse.

Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee is composed of academic staff from the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. This rich body of scientific expertise provides each author with an appropriate external reviewer.  

Dr. A. (Alex) Geurds

Associate Professor in Middle and South American Archaeology

Dr. T. (Tuna) Kalayci

Assistant Professor in Digital Archaeology

Dr. M. (Maikel) Kuijpers

Assistant Professor in European Prehistory

Dr. K. (Karsten) Lambers

Associate Professor in Digital Archaeology

Dr. L.B. (Bouke) van der Meer

Associate Professor in Classical Archaeology

Dr. S.A. (Sarah) Schrader

Assistant Professor in Osteoarchaeology

L.A.S. Terra.

L.A.S. Terra is short for the Leidsche Archaeological Study-association Terra. Throughout the year, we organise lots of activities like lectures, drinks, movie nights, trips and lots more. Besides that, we have our infamous Terra parties. Also, every year, we organise a weekend for the first year students. This takes place at the beginning of the year so that the first years get to know each other and us.. When you become a member of Terra, you will automatically become a member of the subgroups. This means, you don’t have to sign-up or pay anything extra to join their activities. Since almost every Archaeology student is a member of Terra, it is a great way to get to know fellow students and even the staff, of which many have been active members in the past. See here for more info.


Former Board Members.

B. (Bjørn) Peare Bartholdy

T. (Tomomi) Fushiya

G. (Gene) Shev

S. (Suzan) van de Velde

P.R.B. (Paul) Kozowyk

F. (Femke) Reidsma

D. (Daniel) Turner

Y. (Yannik) Boswinkel

J. (Jonathan) Ouellet

S. (Simone) Casale

M.J.H. (Manuel) Peters

D. (Dean) Peeters​

S.T. (Shumon) Hussain

​R. (Robin) Nieuwenkamp

R. (Roosmarie) Vlaskamp

M.B. (Mette) Langebroek

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