The EXARC Team consists of three people (Secretariat) who are appointed and supervised by the EXARC Board. EXARC also has a Team of Volunteers appointed and supervised by the EXARC Secretariat. Besides the people mentioned below, EXARC has over 30 volunteers within the Editorial Board of the Journal and the REARC Committee.
We have vacancies for the EXARC Team here: https://exarc.net/about-us/vacancies
EXARC Director & EXARC Journal Executive Editor: Dr Roeland Paardekooper (NL)
Founder of EXARC with Martin Schmidt and Tomas Johansson. I keep in contact with the EXARC volunteers, members, Board and affiliate organisations, interest groups on experimental archaeology or initiatives for new museums. I answer questions and follow up on requests for information. I advise EXARC members and help with keeping the EXARC JOURNAL and website up to date.
EXARC Design & Administration: Magdalena Zielińska BA (NL)
I have been involved with EXARC from its beginnings. Staring in 2002 with making a small website to a few more websites and all graphic design products, including three corporate identities. From 2011 on, I am also responsible for designing the EXARC JOURNAL online and the EXARC JOURNAL Digest (printed version). Besides this, I work on the daily EXARC administration including invoicing, bookkeeping, budgets and the secretarial work.
EXARC JOURNAL Editor-in-Chief: Mgr J. Katerina Dvoráková (UK)
I became involved with the original Czech REA from its second number in 2001 and was at the foundation of EuroREA, now the EXARC JOURNAL. I overview the overall preparation of both the online Journal and printed Digest. Among other tasks this includes answering questions from contributors, co-ordinating the work of our editors, keeping in contact with reviewers, sending out proofs and discussing issues with our designer. See Editorial Board
Team of Volunteers
Citizen Science Project: Noman Ahmed (NL)
A student at Leiden University with interests in civic engagement and humanitarian response. I previously lived in Egypt and the USA where I volunteered and worked with several initiatives. I come originally from Pakistan but I grew up in Yemen. My goal is to work in the development NGO sector while traveling to learn and meet people.
EXARC Journal Listing Agent: Dr Silje Evjenth Bentsen (NO)
My primary research interests are combustion features, pyrotechnology, and the use of fire among hunter-gatherers. I am currently a Claude Leon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where I work on fire-related behaviour, human culinary technology and site formation processes at the Middle Stone Age site Klasies River, South Africa. Experimental archaeology is an important component of my research...
EXARC Online Calendar Manager: Josephine Bersee (NL)
I have a masters degree in human geography and work experience in different areas and sectors. My jobs have often involved writing, editing and website maintenance a.o. for non-profit organizations, both in Dutch and English. I returned to The Netherlands in mid-2019 after having lived and worked in Asia (Singapore and Hong Kong) for nearly 20 years.
Archaeological Open-Air Museum Listings Manager: Cinzia Costanzo (IT)
BA in Archaeology and Art History at Roma Tre University, with a focus to Classical Archaeology and Ancient Roman Architecture (my final thesis topic is on "Architectural elements in brick in the Roman Imperial Age buildings"). I have gained a long experience in digital media applied to the preservation and enhancement of cultural heritage, and in particular in the management of online museums databases and cultural content.
EXARC Ambassador Team member, Social Media Officer (Facebook): Giovanna Fregni PhD (IT)
I am an independent researcher with a specialisation in non-ferrous metals with a practical background in jewellery making and metalsmithing. My research ranges from smelting ores and exploring early technology, to replicating metalworking techniques from the Bronze Age through Medieval Period. My greatest passion however, is replicating hammers, anvils, and other tools and using those to better understand metalworking technology in antiquity...
Social Media Officer (Facebook): Dr Julia Heeb (DE)
Representing EXARC Member, EXARC Board Member
I completed my AHRC funded MA in experimental archaeology at the University of Exeter in 2006. In November 2007, I co-organized the second Experimental Archaeology Conference at Exeter University after receiving an AHRC grant for my PhD at the same institution. I am Exhibition and Research Manager at the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin in the Archaeological Open-Air Museum "Museumsdorf Düppel".
Senior Advisor: Jenny Inker PhD (US)
Jenny Inker is an assistant professor and joint program director for the assisted living speciality area in the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) College of Health Professions Department of Gerontology. She holds a PhD in Health Related Sciences and a Master’s of Gerontology from VCU, an MBA from George Washington University, a Master’s of Science in Strategic Management and Housing from University of Wales, Cardiff and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from George Washington University. She has significant leadership experience in non-profit organizations.
Social Media Officer (YouTube), Register of Archaeological Experiments: Caroline Jeffra MA PhD (NL)
My first involvement with experimental archaeology was in 2005 when I started the MA in Experimental Archaeology at University of Exeter. I completed the MA with Distinction and continued to complete a PhD (Exeter, 2011) using experimental archaeology as a major component of my thesis. I have published a number of articles which address or make use of experimental archaeology and my current research at UvA is explicitly dependent on further experiments...
Social Media Officer (Instagram): Anna Kallos (NL)
Anna Kallos is an Arts, Media and Society student at Leiden University (NL). She has previously lived in Hungary, Canada and the UK, during which she developed an interest in cultural diversity, languages, Greco-Roman mythology, and ancient-, medieval- and modern history.
International University Network: Denis Klemencic (CA)
I was born and raised in Sarajevo, in ex-Yugoslavia. I’ve been in Canada for almost 25 years and have a BA in Anthropology from University of Calgary. I have worked as a consulting archaeologist both in field and a lab, ranging from forensic archaeology to lithic analysis. Interest in experimental archaeology was why I decided to study archaeology in the first place.
Social Media Officer (YouTube): Jordana Maguire (UK)
Jordana works with landscape archaeology and GIS in the Early Medieval period, expanding on her MSc work. She is currently working as a research assistant at QUB to that effect.
Social Media Officer (YouTube): Dr Rena Maguire (UK)
My particular area of knowledge is the Late Iron Age, with specialising in ancient equitation, from how bridles and saddles were made, why they were made so and the technology which went into their creation. This spans the areas of metal work, animal husbandry and antler work as much as the actual combinations of tack...
Archäoforum: Michael Müller cand. Phd (DE)
I am a PhD candidate at the Institute of Prehistory at the FU Berlin. My research interests are the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods in Europe and I focus especially on anthropomorphic representations and hoards. For my master thesis I worked on Neolithic and Chalcolithic anthropomorphic figurines from Southeastern Europe. For my PhD, I am investigating the depositions of the Funnelbeaker culture, particularly those with flint axe heads. In connection to that I started to do some experimental work with flint knapping and grinding of axe heads.
Content Editor (Website): Yuvendran Muniandy PhD (NL)
I hold a doctorate degree in Biology from Leiden University. I consider myself as a polymath who enjoys expanding knowledge in different areas. While extensively, trained in beta sciences, I also have great interests in the field of alpha and gamma sciences. Acquiring knowledge in different areas is my eudemonia. My goal is to further develop the three leadership qualities that I possess, which are a people manager, organizer, and visionary.
International University Network: Neil Peterson (CA)
I have been involved with re-enactment/interpretation for over 25 years, and heavily involved with experimental work specifically in the areas of Viking Era Iron Smelting, and Bead Production for over a decade. I have interpreted for, participated in or run training sessions with, and lectured at a number of museums around North America on various topics focused in the Viking Era.
Dutch Conference Organisation: Dorothee Olthof MA (NL)
I have studied Prehistory at Leiden University and got my master's degree there. After a few years of excavating I turned my attention to archaeology & education. First as a prehistoric inhabitant of Archeon and coordinator of the prehistoric part there, from 2007 onwards with my own company for archaeology & education, PRAE...
Coordinator European Archaeology Days & International Conference Organisation: Ligeri Papagiannaki MA (FR)
I hold a Master's degree in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Nice (CEPAM laboratory). I am interested in prehistoric technologies and experimental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, tangible and intangible culture, as well as in public archaeology, museum education, open-air museums and hands-on activities. I have been working as a cultural mediator in France since 2016.
Dutch & International Conference Organisation: Patrick Reeuwijk (NL)
Representing EXARC Member
Chairman and one of the first volunteers of Erve Eme. Experienced Facilities Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the museums and heritage branch. Skilled in Facility and Operations Management, Cultural Heritage, and Event management.
Scout for Museums & Universities: Ricardo Sant'Anna (PT)
I like the study of medieval castles and fortifications, not only for the military implications but for their construction methods, renovations and adaptations to new technologies through the eras an the many functions they had in a particularly society during their existence. How where they seen, what differences exist in different cultures and lands...
Content Editor (Website): Michael Somerville BA (CA)
I am a Classics student currently between my undergrad degree and Masters. I have a strong interest in ancient food, primarily Roman food and dining. I have done some recipe recreation of food and wine mainly from the Latin cookbook Apicius, and some recreation of ancient perfumes sourced in Pliny's Natural History...
EXARC Digital Collections Manager: Dr Jodi Reeves Eyre (USA)
I have worked with EXARC since 2010 and currently manage the EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection. I have a PhD in archaeology from the University of Exeter and was a CLIR/DLF Fellow in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences at Arizona State University from 2013 to 2015. For the past five years, I have focused on the preservation of cultural heritage by leading digital curation projects...
EXARC Ambassador Team Member, Senior Advisor: Dott.ssa Maura Stefani (IT)
Representing EXARC Member
I am graduated in Archaeology and Conservation of Archaeological heritage after my studies at Ca' Foscary University of Venice, with a scentific thesis in Archaeozoology. Since 2005 I took part in several archaeological excavations in some Prehistoric sites of Northeastern Italy with University of Ferrara. My interest in Prehistory and Didactic brought me to Livelet, where I work since March 2009...
Scout for Museums & Universities: Dyah Sukmawardhani (NL)
I am an Indonesian Master’s student at Maastricht University. My interest in archaeology has developed as I grew up in Indonesia, a country rich with archaeological sites. Although my current education major is public health, my passion has led me to join the EXARC Team.
Content Editor (Website): Tycho Plantinga (NL)
I am a writer, proficient in Dutch and English languages. I have also worked at the Leiden Regional Archives and have an interest in geography, prehistory and cultural heritage.
Scout for Museums & Universities, Officer UN Sustainable Development Goals: María Josefina Villanueva (NL)
Josefina is an Argentinian student at Leiden University, currently studying International Relations and Organisations. In the past, she has attended the University of St Andrews, were she has taken International Relations, Philosophy, Sustainable Development and Anthropology courses. Her interests range from heritage and "costumbres" in Latin America to the practical implementation of philosophical argumentation to government policies.