Rica Annaert graduated in Archaeology at the Catholic University of Leuven in 1982, with a master thesis on the Roman burial mounds in the Civitas Tungrorum and a postgraduate in Medieval Studies.
After several temporary project employments as archaeologist, she started in 1991 her career as researcher at the Instituut voor het Archeologisch Patrimonium (IAP) of the Flemish Government, which later became Vlaams Instituut voor het Onroerend Erfgoed (VIOE) and the current agency for Onroerend Erfgoed (Flemish Heritage Agency). Thanks to numerous field surveys and excavations, she became the senior specialist of the Antwerp Campine region on rural archaeology from the Metal Ages to the Middle Ages.
Since her research on the early medieval burial ground in Broechem, her focus has mainly been on the Early Middle Ages. In that context she represented the agency in the European ACE-network (Archaeology in Contemporary Europe, 2007-2012 – Culture programme of the European Commission) where historical migration and public outreach took center stage.
For several years she also teached the course ‘Archaeology’, part of the training programme ‘Regional Guide’ organized by Toerisme Vlaanderen, at the CVO in Turnhout.
Since 2009 she is a board member of the Internationales Sachsensymposion, where she holds the position of treasurer.
In 2019 she was granted a special PhD fellowship from the Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) so she is now temporarily employed at the Vrije Universteit Brussel (VUB), where she is finishing her PhD on the peasant societies living in the pagus Renensis during the transition period 4th to 8th AD. As an expert in early medieval burial archaeology she is also involved in the CRUMBEL-project, Cremations, Urns and Mobility – Ancient Population Dynamics in Belgium (EOS no. 30999782 - www.crumbel.org).
Five key publications
ANNAERT R., BOUDIN M., DEFORCE K., ERVYNCK A., HANECA K, LENTACKER A. & SNOECK C. 2020: Anomalous radiocarbon dates from the Early Medieval Cremation graves from Broechem (Flanders, Belgium) : reservoir or old wood effects, Radiocarbon, 1-20. DOI:10.1017/RDC.2019.159
ANNAERT R. (ED.) 2019: Early medieval waterscapes. Risks and opportunities for (im)material cultural exchange, Neue Studien zur Sachsenforschung 8, Braunschweig. https://mari.research.vub.be/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Annaert%202019_NSSF_8_0.pdf
ANNAERT R. 2018: A status quaestionis of the early medieval burial archaeology in the Flemish part of the Meuse-Demer-Scheldt region. In: KARS M., VAN OOSTEN R., ROXBURGH M.A. & VERHOEVEN A. (eds), Rural riches & royal rags? Studies on medieval and modern archaeology, presented tot Frans Theuws, Zwolle, 65-68. https://mari.research.vub.be/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Annaert%202018_Rural%20riches%20%26%20royal%20rags_0.pdf
ANNAERT R. 2018: Het vroegmiddeleeuwse grafveld van Broechem (gemeente Ranst, provincie Antwerpen, België). The Early Medieval Cemetery of Broechem, Merovingian Archaeology in the Low Countries 5/Relicta Monografieën 17, Bonn (Habelt Verlag).
ANNAERT R., DE GROOTE K., HOLLEVOET Y., THEUWS F., TYS D. & VERSLYPE L. (ed.), The very beginning of Europe? Cultural and Social Dimensions of Early Medieval Migration and Colonisation (5th-8th century). Archaeology in Contemporary Europe, Conference Brussels –May 17-19 2011, Relicta Monografieën 7, Brussel, 197-204.