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Symposium in Honour of Olivier Nieuwenhuyse

Tuesday 16 November 2021
Hybrid event
Olivier Nieuwenhuyse (1966-2020)

The digital symposium is open to all. To attend the live stream please register here.


Chair Bleda Düring

10:15-10:20 | Bleda Düring
Opening Words

10:20-10:45 | Peter M.M.G. Akkermans & Merel L. Brüning
The Way We Used To Live: On House Building and Use at Late Seventh Millennium BC Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria

10:45-11:10 | Hannah Plug
Greater than the Sum of Parts: Cooperation and Community Integration at Neolithic Tell Sabi Abyad

11:10-11:35 | Giulia Russo
Pottery Making in the Balikh Valley: Preliminary Results

11:35-12:00 | Karin Bartl
Pottery development of the 7th millennium BC in the northern and southern Levant

12:00-12:40 | Break

Chair Hannah Plug

12:40-13:05 | Reinhard Bernbeck and Susan Pollock
The Social Dimension of Ambiguation in Painted Pottery

13:05-13:30 | Rana Özbal
Cooking Pots and Changing Community Practices

13:30-13:55 | Karina Croucher & Ellen H. Belcher
Daily Negotiations with Materiality: Re-Assembling Halaf Ornamentation

13:55-14:20 | Francesca Balossi Restelli
Husking Trays in the Context of Neolithic Socialization: The Sensory Experience of “Bread” Consumption

14:20-14:40 | Break

Chair Peter Akkermans

14:40-15:05 | Lucy Bennison-Chapman
Tokens as indicators of social change in the late Neolithic

15:05-15:30 | Bleda Düring
Cruciform Figurines and Chalcolithic Society in Cyprus

15:30-15:55 | Simone Mühl
‘Cheers, my friend!’ Expressions of Hospitality and Social Coherence in Ancient Mesopotamia

15:55-16:20 | Stuart Campbell
People, Pots and Places (and Other Things) in the Late Neolithic of Northern   Mesopotamia

16:20-16:45 | Carol van Driel & David Kertai
Prepresentation Jebel Aruda Publication

16:45-17:00 | Dominique Ngan-Tillard
Europa Nostra award for Olivier’s Scanning for Syria!

The Work of an Archaeologist: Olivier Nieuwenhuyse and the Study of Ceramics

This honorary symposium takes place to celebrate the opening of the exhibition about the works of archaeologist Olivier Nieuwenhuyse, who sadly passed away in the winter of 2020.

The exhibit opens on the 16th of November and is open to the public from November 17th onwards. It is organized by the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (RMO), with the support of Merel Brüning (Leiden University).


  • National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden (RMO)
  • The Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO)
  • Leiden University Fund (LUF)
  • LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development
  • Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University
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