Dennis joined the Cranfield Forensic Institute in 2017. He completed a PhD in Archaeology in 2011 at KU Leuven (Belgium) followed by a post-doc position at the Centre for Archaeological Sciences (KU Leuven, BE). Since 2012, he was assistant professor at the department of Materials Science and Engineering, Delft University of Technology (NL), and the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University (NL).
Dennis is a senior lecturer at the Cranfield Forensic Institute and
teaches on analytical techniques for materials characterization, especially in
the framework of art and archaeological objects (Fakes and Forgeries module). Research activities concentrate on the characterization of ancient and
historical materials using mineralogical and chemical analytical techniques. The
focus of research is aimed at provenance analysis of ancient ceramics and the
development of ceramic technology through time.
Dennis has participated in various archaeological fieldwork projects in Belgium, United Kingdom, Italy, Tunisia, Turkey and Oman.
Articles In Journals
- Casale S, Donner N, Braekmans D & Geurds A (2020) Geochemical and petrographic assessment of clay outcrops and archaeological ceramics from the pre-Hispanic site of Aguas Buenas (cal 400–1250 CE), central Nicaragua, Microchemical Journal, 156 (July) Article No. 104829.
- Norris D, Braekmans D, Domoney K & Shortland A (2020) The composition and technology of polychrome enamels on Chinese ruby‐backed plates identified through nondestructive micro‐X‐ray fluorescence, X-Ray Spectrometry, Available online 12 March 2020.
- Pincé P, Braekmans D, Abdali N, De Pauw E, Amelirad S & Vandenabeele P (2019) Development of ceramic production in the Kur River Basin (Fars, Iran) during the Neolithic. A compositional and technological approach using X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and thin section petrography, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 11 (4) 1241-1258.
- Braekmans D, Boschloos V, Hameeuw H & Van der Perre A (2019) Tracing the provenance of unfired ancient Egyptian clay figurines from Saqqara through non-destructive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, Microchemical Journal, 145 (March) 1207-1217.
- Pincé P, Braekmans D, Lycke S & Vandenabeele P (2019) Ceramic production in the Kur River Basin (Fars, Iran) during the middle to late second millennium bce: a geochemical and technological characterization, Archaeometry, 61 (3) 556-573.
- Donner N, Casale S, Braekmans D & Geurds A (2019) Ceramic comales at the Barillas site (cal 1255–1390 CE), central Nicaragua: defining a local technical tradition of griddle manufacture, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 24 (April) 829-842.
- Kroon EJ, Huisman DJ, Bourgeois QP, Braekmans DJ & Fokkens H (2019) The introduction of Corded Ware Culture at a local level: an exploratory study of cultural change during the Late Neolithic of the Dutch West Coast through ceramic technology, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 26 (August) Article No. 101873.
- Van der Perre A, Braekmans D, Boschloos V, Ossieur F, Hameeuw H & Delvaux L (2018) The Egyptian execration figurines of the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels: conservation, pigments and digitisation, Bulletin des Musées royaux d'art et d'histoire, 87 (12) 5-29.
- Müskens S, Braekmans D, Versluys MJ & Degryse P (2018) Egyptian sculptures from Imperial Rome. Non-destructive characterization of granitoid statues through macroscopic methodologies and in situ XRF analysis, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 10 (6) 1303-1318.
- Mödlinger M, Kuijpers MHG, Braekmans D & Berger D (2017) Quantitative comparisons of the color of CuAs, CuSn, CuNi, and CuSb alloys, Journal of Archaeological Science, 88 (December) 14-23.
- Braekmans D, Degryse P, Neyt B, Waelkens M & Poblome J (2017) Reconstructing Regional Trajectories: the Provenance and Distribution of Archaic to Hellenistic Ceramics in Central Pisidia (South-west Turkey), Archaeometry, 59 (3) 472-492.
- Van Rooijen G, Jacobs L, Braekmans D & Sojc N (2017) Figuring out: coroplastic art and technè in Agrigento, Sicily: the results of a coroplastic experiment., Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia, 47 151-161.
- Daems D, Braekmans D & Poblome J (2017) Late Achaemenid and Early Hellenistic Pisidian Material Culture from Düzen Tepe (SW Anatolia), Herom - Journal on Hellenistic and Roman Material Culture, 6 (1) 11-48.
- Neyt B, Braekmans D, Poblome J, Elsen J, Waelkens M & Degryse P (2012) Long-term clay raw material selection and use in the region of Classical/Hellenistic to Early Byzantine Sagalassos (SW Turkey), Journal of Archaeological Science, 39 (5) 1296-1305.
- Scott RB, Shortland AJ, Degryse P, Power M, Domoney K, Boyen S & Braekmans D (2012) In situ analysis of ancient glass: 17th century painted glass from Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and Roman glass vessels, European Journal of Glass Science and Technology Part a Glass Technology, 53 (2) 65-73.
- Braekmans D, Degryse P, Poblome J, Neyt B, Vyncke K & Waelkens M (2011) Understanding ceramic variability: an archaeometrical interpretation of the Classical and Hellenistic ceramics at Düzen Tepe and Sagalassos (Southwest Turkey), Journal of Archaeological Science, 38 (9) 2101-2115.
- Vanhaverbeke H, Waelkens M, Vyncke K, de Laet, V, Ayda, S, Mušič, B, de Cupere B, Poblome J, Braekmans D, Degryse P, Marinova E, Verstraeten G, Van Neer W, Šlapšak B, Medarič I, Ekinci HA & Erbay M (2010) ‘Pisidian’ culture? The Classical-Hellenistic site at Düzen Tepe near Sagalassus (southwest Turkey), Anatolian Studies, 60 105-128.
- Casale S, Donner N, Braekmans D & Geurds A (2020) Pre-Hispanic and contemporary raw materials use in earthenware production in the Río Mayales subbasin, Chontales, central Nicaragua. In: A Human Environment: Studies in honour of 20 years Analecta, Leiden, The Netherlands: Sidestone Press, p. 107-120.
- van Gijn A, Jacobs L, Groat N, de Koning N, Braekmans D & Verbaas A. (2019) Studying vessel biographies from the Heuneburg: an experimental approach. In: Was tranken die frühen Kelten? Bedeutungen und Funktionen mediterraner Importe im früheisenzeitlichen Mitteleuropa., Leiden: Sidestone Press, p. 77-100.
- Braekmans D (2017) (De)colouring ancient Nineveh using portable XRF equipment. In: Nineveh, the great city: symbol of beauty and power, Sidestone Press, p. 160-166.
- Braekmans D & Degryse P (2016) Petrography: Optical Microscopy. In: The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis, Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 233-265.
- Degryse P & Braekmans D (2013) Elemental and Isotopic Analysis of Ancient Ceramics and Glass. In: Treatise on Geochemistry, Amsterdam: Elsevier, p. 191-207, ed. 2nd.