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. Since 2011 Olivier participates in the Sharizor Survey Project, investigating later prehistoric patterns of 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. Currently, Olivier holds a Humboldt research position at the Freie Universität Berlin.