Dr. O.P. (Olivier) Nieuwenhuijse

  • Assistant professor
  • Pre- and proto-history of Upper Mesopotamia
  • The archaeology of social identity
  • Secondary products
  • Settlement archaeology
  • Late Neolithic ceramic styles

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2727
E-Mail: o.p.nieuwenhuijse@arch.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Archaeology, Archaeology of the Near East
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number FLEX

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Olivier Nieuwenhuijse is assistant professor in Near Eastern archaeology. In addition Olivier works for the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (Aussenstelle Damaskus) in a project directed by Dr. Karin Bartl to interpret the 7th millennium site of Shir (Northern Levant). Since 2011 Olivier participates in the Sharizor Survey Project, an international co-operation investigating long-term patterns of human settlement and land-use in the Sulaimaniya Province of Northern Iraq. After completing his PhD in 2005 at Leiden University he conducted a post-doctoral study on the social and material repercussions of the so-called 8.2 ka abrupt climate event in Upper  Mesopotamia, initiating two international workshops on this topic in Leiden 2009 and at the EAA in 2010. Olivier has worked as a researcher in various projects scattered across the Middle East, carrying out field research in Syria, Turkey and Lebanon, and Iraq. In 2009 he co-organized the first international conference on the Late Neolithic archaeology of Upper Mesopotamia. He is a leading specialist on prehistoric ceramics from the Near East. He has previously worked as an assistant-curator for the department Near East at the National Museum of Antiquities Leiden, and publishes regularly for popular-scientific media. Olivier’s teaching includes courses on Near Eastern archaeology and various specific theoretical and thematic topics.

Present: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (on appointment).

Last Modified: 01-02-2016