During Caspers was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1934. She graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a double M.A. (summa cum laude) in Sumerian and the History of Art of South Asia, and studied for her Ph.D. at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, writing her thesis on the maritime trade between Mesopotamia, the Persian Gulf and the Indus Valley. She received a grant to travel and visit the British Museum to study Bahrain materials and to study Parthian pottery at the Institute of Archaeology, and the Torino and the Louvre Museums. In 1974 she appointed to a research position at the Kern Institute in Leiden, and edited the Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology. At Leiden, from 1986 to 1995, she was appointed Lecturer in the Archaeology of South and Southwest Asia where she taught the archaeology of the Persian Gulf, Indus Valley and Central Asia. Although she participated in a number of excavations, at Bampur in Iranian Baluchistan in 1966, at Tepe Yahya, Iran, in 1970, and in Oman, in 1994; she was not primarily a field archaeologist, but excelled in the interpretation of excavated materials. Her research concentrated on the Gulf region, the Indus Valley, Bactria, Indo-Iran, the Harappan Indus Valley civilization, and Bahrain (Dilmun). She passed away at the age of 62.
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