What do chocolate, bitumen and milk have in common? An Archaeologist's Work (Het Werk van een Archeoloog) showcases that this question is not out of the ordinary for a pottery specialist. Pottery, being one of the most common finds at archaeological sites, musters much of the attention of specialists in their efforts to categorize and describe it. The current mini-exposition in honour of the late Dr. Olivier Nieuwenhuijse, is a temporary addition to the permanent exhibition of The Dutch and the Ancient Near East (Nederlanders en het oude Nabije Oosten). It tries to give an accurate image of the work of an archaeologist and, above all, shows the immense relevance of pottery in our understanding of ancient life.
An Archaeologist's Work is the first of a series of small exhibitions showcasing the different specializations found in Archaeology. More prominently, it is an ode to the late archaeologist Dr. Olivier Nieuwenhuijse (1966-2020) on which work the exposition is based. Nieuwenhuijse's work revolved around the Ceramic Neolithic (7000-5300 BCE), an often forgotten period that occurred shortly after humans started farming and practicing a sedentary life-style in the Middle East. Dr. Nieuwenhuijse will as well be remembered for his efforts to safeguard Syrian heritage during the Syrian civil war. His projects Focus Raqqa and Scanning for Syria have been rewarded with prestigious prizes and grants.
For more information the the exhibition and planning your visit, please visit the website of the Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden.