Contact Dr Dennis Braekmans
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, Early online.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 14-23.
- 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.
- 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.