Prof. dr. Peter M.M.G. Akkermans

Peter M.M.G. Akkermans is Full Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He studied Prehistory and Archaeology of Western Asia at the University of Amsterdam, where he also completed (cum laude) his PhD on Neolithic settlement in Syria. From 1990 until 2009 he was Curator of the Dept. of the Ancient Near East in the Netherlands National Museum of Antiquities, in combination with an Extraordinary Professorship of Near Eastern Prehistory at Leiden University. Since 2010 Akkermans is Full Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Leiden University.

Akkermans has been intensively involved in archaeological field projects in Germany, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria and Jordan for over 30 years. He is director of the Tell Sabi Abyad Archaeological Project in Syria and the Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project in Jordan. For several years he was Chair of both the Near Eastern and Classical-Mediterranean sections and he served as Vice-Dean and Chair of Education of the Faculty of Archaeology from 2012 until 2016.

Together with G.M. Schwartz, Akkermans published The Archaeology of Syria (Cambridge University Press, 2003). He (co-)edited a series of volumes, including Excavations at Late Neolithic Tell Sabi Abyad (Brepols, 2015) and Interpreting the Late Neolithic of Upper Mesopotamia (Brepols, 2013).


Books by Peter M.M.G. Akkermans

Landscapes of Survival

The Archaeology and Epigraphy of Jordan’s North-Eastern Desert and Beyond

Edited by Peter M.M.G. Akkermans | Forthcoming

The ‘Black Desert’ begins just south of Damascus and comprises some 40,000 km2 of dark and desolate basalt fields, which stretch from southern Syria across north-eastern Jordan and reach the sand sea of the Nefud…










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