Dirk’s work is concerned with the economies, group identities and belief systems of prehistoric societies across Europe.
More specifically, he explores links between the introduction of new technologies, mostly related to metallurgy and metalwork production, and societal change in the Bronze and Iron Ages. He also studies the develoment of trade networks against the backdrop of these changes. Dirk currently is involved in fieldwork projects in both Ireland and Iberia, looking at Bronze Age settlement systems, changes in funerary ritual and the environmental impact of early copper mining.
(Image: Surveying old mining works in the Sierra de Orihuela – D. Brandherm)