I am an independent Dutch researcher
and writer. I received the doctorandus (drs.) degree
in Comparative and Historical Linguistics at Leiden
University, The Netherlands (1999), specialising in
the Indo-European and Semitic language families. This
degree is equivalent to a Master's plus the coursework
and comprehensive exams for a doctorate.
Between 2009 and 2021 I was a Consulting
Scholar with the Near Eastern department of the University
of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,
based in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, United States of
Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs (e-mail)
The website was designed by Midnight
Oil web design (www.midnightoil.co.uk).
I also thank Ian Tresman for his support.
Playful Planets: these colourful children's books
with great artwork (which I proofread) touch on a number
of simple mythological themes.