In Memoriam: Professor Willem J. H. Willems

Around the project 07/01/2015

Professor Willem J. H. Willems, one of the founding members of the NEARCH
project, passed away on 13th December 2014.

It is a terrible loss for the NEARCH network and its members, who had the
pleasure to work with him during many years.

He was an inspirational policy leader and advocate for archaeology and
cultural heritage management in Europe and internationally. Thanks to his
efficient networking and intellectual promotion of the Malta Convention,
Willem changed the way archaeology reconciles with development to the
benefit of European citizens. Willem’s heritage represents, in this respect,
one of the major tributes to the archaeological sector during the last

Willem also endeavoured in fostering the scientific and cultural cooperation
between European countries and dedicated institutions. He proposed
continuously new projects, always innovative and challenging, connecting the
most actives archaeological institutions and professionals across Europe.
NEARCH is one of them.

He will be sadly missed by all the NEARCH partners and more generally by the
archaeological profession worldwide.