Rogier Kalkers is a PhD candidate in the doctoral school of archaeology at the department of Scienze dell’Antichità at the Sapienza Università di Roma, and associated researcher at Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR). His research focuses on the long-term development of rural settlement in ancient Samnium (modern-day Molise) in Central-Southern Italy between the Iron Age and the Late Antique period, making use of both legacy data and targeted non-invasive archaeological methods.
As an associated researcher in the KNIR research programme on Mountain Archaeology, he is one of the field directors of the ongoing pedestrian field survey, remote sensing, and excavation campaigns in the Molisan Apennines. He is also coordinating the analysis of these projects’ finds in the newly established KNIR lab for material culture studies and at the Centro Didattico Internazionale di Studi Archeologici (CeDISA) in Jelsi (Molise), of which he is one of the acting managers.
Furthermore, Rogier has been involved as a guest lecturer in various KNIR courses, and is a member of the editorial board of the KNIR-affiliated magazine Roma Aeterna.
Rogier obtained his BA in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of Amsterdam, and his MA in Archaeology from the VU University Amsterdam. He has worked as a research assistant in the Landscapes of Early Roman Colonization Project, based at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, and as a research / teaching staff member at the same faculty in the Regato grant pilot project that lead to the now KNIR-coordinated landscape archaeological research project in Alentejo, Portugal. Rogier has participated in a large number of fieldwork projects in Lazio, Etruria, Sicily, Portugal, Greece and the Netherlands, and is a long-term collaborator in the various Dutch field survey and excavation campaigns in Molise, currently organised by the KNIR.