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Fokke Gerritsen

Director of NIT

Dr. F.A. Gerritsen
+31 71 527 2727

Fokke Gerritsen is an archaeologist and director of the Netherlands Institute in Turkey.

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Fields of interest

  • Early farming societies of Southwest Asia
  • Ancient Anatolia
  • Landscape and settlement archaeology
  • Heritage studies
  • Urban heritage and sustainability


Fokke Gerritsen’s research activities are distributed over two distinct but related disciplines. He is actively involved in archaeological fieldwork that investigates the societies of prehistoric societies in Southwest Asia, especially Turkey. He co-directs excavations at Tell Kurdu in southern Turkey. As part of his archaeological research, he frequently collaborates with international specialists in the life and environmental sciences. Fokke Gerritsen is also active in the field of urban heritage studies, at the intersections of heritage studies, urban studies, architecture and urban planning. His research, education and valorization activities focus on the city of Istanbul and the links between its material and immaterial heritage and contemporary urban challenges.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Since 2006: Director Netherlands Institute in Turkey (via appointment at Leiden University since 2019)
  • Since 2002: Lecturer Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • 2002-2005: Postdoctoral researcher Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • 2001-2002: Visiting Lecturer Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
  • 1998-2001: PhD researcher Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • 1996-1997: PhD researcher University of Amsterdam


  • 2001: Ph.D. Prehistory and Archaeology, VU University Amsterdam
  • 1996: M.A. (‘doctoraal’), Cultural Prehistory, University of Amsterdam
  • 1995: M.A. Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Chicago
  • 1989: B.A. (‘propedeuse’), Art History and Classical Archaeology, University of Amsterdam

Director of NIT

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • NINO
  • Nederlands Instituut in Turkije


  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Docent
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