Olivier Nieuwenhuyse is specialized in Near Eastern archaeology. Olivier has worked as a researcher in projects across the Middle East, carrying out field research in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq. After completing his PhD at Leiden University his post-doctoral study investigated the social and material repercussions of the so-called 8.2 ka abrupt climate event in the ancient Near East. In 2009 he co-organized the first international conference on the Late Neolithic archaeology of Upper Mesopotamia. 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. 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. He is a leading specialist on the prehistoric ceramic traditions from the Near East. Olivier teaches Near Eastern archaeology and various specific theoretical and thematic topics. Currently Olivier works for the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut and holds a Humboldt research position at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is advisor for the World Customs Organization.