Dries Tys

Dries Tys (1972) studied history and archaeology at the university of Ghent. He obtained his PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. This Phd was an interdisciplinary project in landscape archaeology and history of the Belgian coastal plain. In his approach, he tries to understand the motives behind landscapes and how landscapes act as interactive signs and forms of material culture. He directs several projects on landscape history and archaeology in the medieval period, a.o. on coastal identity in the early medieval period (cooperation with Chris Loveluck), on forest history in the Kempen region and on the origin of Early-Medieval Towns in the southern North Sea-region. His current research is aimed at a better understanding of the development of medieval coastal settlement in relation to social formations and strategies of social reproduction. In 2005 he was appointed as lecturer in Medieval Archaeology and Historical Archaeology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he is the current Head of Department of Arts and Archaeology. He is co-editor of the Journal Medieval and Modern Matters (Brepols), and current member of the International  Scientific Board of the Medieval Europe Research Conference and the Flemish Royal Commission of Monuments, Landscapes and Archaeology.


Core publications

  • Tys D. 2012. Medieval Archaeology. In: Silberman N. (ed.). Oxford Companion to Archaeology, (2e), Oxford University Press.
  • Tys D. 2010. The Scheldt Estuary as a Framework for EarlyMedievalSettlement Development. In: Willemsen A. & Kik H. (eds.): Dorestad in an international framework. New research on centres of tradeandcoinage in Carolingian Times, Turnhout: Brepols, 168-176.
  • Loveluck C. & Tys D. 2006: Coastal societies, exchange and identity along the Channel and southern North Sea shores of Europe, AD 600-1000, Journal of Maritime Archaeology 1, No. 2, 140-169.



  • Algemene inleiding tot de archeologie en de materiële cultuur: LW-SKAR-9334
  • Europese archeologie en Materiële Cultuur van de Middeleeuwen en Nieuwe Tijd: LW-SKAR-10719
  • Historische geografie en landschapsecologie: LW-SKAR-8399a
  • Methoden van archeologisch terreinonderzoek en natuurwetenschappelijke analyses: LW-SKAR-5311 with Marc De Bie
  • Sociaal-economische problemen betreffende de Middeleeuwen: LW-SKAR-5238
  • Stadsarcheologie: LW-SKAR-12117
  • Themata uit de Middeleeuwse en Vroeg-Moderne Materiële Cultuur: LW-SKAR-10722a
  • Theorie, geschiedenis en finaliteiten van de kunstwetenschappen en van de studie van de materiële cultuur, OO-11986, with Hans De Wolf