PhD candidate/Guest Staff Member
Harmen’s current PhD research project, entitled “ Life and Death in a Pastoralist Landscape”, investigates the archaeological landscape of the Jebel Qurma region, situated in the Black Desert of northeast Jordan. Between roughly 200 BC and 800 AD, this region was visited by highly mobile communities. Harmen challenges the notion that life in the desert during this period mainly revolved around the economic practice of mobile pastoralism. Instead, his research aims to provide a more comprehensive view of its past inhabitants, including their social, economic, and ideological components. It investigates, in addition to pastoral nomadism, a wide array of human and non-human movements, and how mobile practices were not only a product, but also constitutive of the landscape and of the way it was inhabited. A wide range of data sets is used in this research, including data from airborne remote sensing, surface surveys, and excavations carried out in the Jebel Qurma region.
Harmen Huigens studied Near Eastern archaeology at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, where he obtained his Research MA degree in 2014. He has been involved in the research project at Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria, from 2008 to 2010, and in the Jebel Qurma project, Jordan, since 2011. He has done fieldwork in the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Oman.
Harmen is one of three PhD candidates within the NWO-sponsored research project “ Landscapes of Survival: Pastoralist Societies, Rock Art and Literacy in Jordan’s Black Desert, c. 1000 BC to 500 AD”, which started at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, in 2014.
- Huigens H.O. (22 November 2018), Mobile peoples - permanent places : the construction and use of stone-built architecture by nomadic communities in the Jebel Qurma region of the Black Desert (Jordan) between the Hellenistic and Early Islamic periods. (PhD thesis. Department of World Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University). Supervisor(s): Akkermans P.M.M.G.
- Akkermans P.M.M.G. & Huigens H.O. (2018), Long-term settlement trends in Jordan's north-eastern Badia: the Jabal Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project, Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 59: 503-515.
- Huigens H.O. (2018), The identification of pathways on harra surfaces in north-eastern Jordan and their relation to ancient human mobility, Journal of Arid Environments .
- Huigens H.O. (2017), Revolutions in the Desert. The Rise of Mobile Pastoralism in the Southern Levant Review of: Rosen S.A. (2017) Revolutions in the Desert. The Rise of Mobile Pastoralism in the Southern Levant, Levant 49(1): 82-84.
- Huigens H.O. (2015), Preliminary report on a survey in the Hazimah plains: a hamad landscape in north-eastern Jordan, Palestine Exploration Quarterly 147(3): 180-194.
- Huigens H.O. (2015), Ways of life and death in a pastoralist landscape: an archaeology of nomadism in Jordan’s Black Desert between Hellenistic and Early Islamic times, Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie 27(53): 54.
- Akkermans P.M.M.G., Huigens H.O. & Brüning M.L. (2014), A landscape of preservation: late prehistoric settlement and sequence in the Jebel Qurma region, north-eastern Jordan, Levant 46(2): 186-205.
- Akkermans P.M.M.G. & Huigens H.O. (2014), De archeologie van de Zwarte Woestijn: Jebel Qurma in Noordoost-Jordanië. In: Kaper O.E., Dercksen J.G. (Eds.) Waar de geschiedenis begon: Nederlandse onderzoekers in de ban van spijkerschrift, hiërogliefen en aardewerk. Uitgave naar aanleiding van het 75-jarig bestaan van het Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten, 1939-2014. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten. 277-286.
- Akkermans P.M.M.G., Brüning M.L., Huigens H.O. & Nieuwenhuyse O.P. (Eds.) (2014), Excavations at Tell Sabi Abyad: The 1994-1999 Field Seasons Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities no. 11. Turnhout: Brepols.
- Akkermans P.M.M.G., Brüning M.L., Huigens H.O. & Nieuwenhuyse O.P. (2014), Tell Sabi Abyad 1994-1999 Campaigns: Late Neolithic Stratigraphy and Architecture. In: Akkermans P.M.M.G., Brüning M.L., Huigens H.O., Nieuwenhuyse O.P. (Eds.) Excavations at Late Neolithic Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria: The 1994-1999 Field Seasons. Turnhout: Brepols. 29-86.
- Huigens H.O., Exel V. van, Flohr P., Kelder J.M., Koek E. & Rooijakkers C.T. (2014), The Ground-Stone Industry. In: Akkermans P.M.M.G., Brüning M.L., Huigens H.O., Nieuwenhuyse O.P. (Eds.) Excavations at Late Neolithic Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria: The 1994-1999 Field Seasons. no. 11 Turnhout: Brepols. 135-164.
- Akkermans P. M. M. G., Brüning M., Hammers N., Huigens H., Kruijer L.W., Meens A., Nieuwenhuyse O., Raat A., Rogmans E.F., Slappendel C., Taipale S., Tews S. & Visser E. (2012), Burning Down The House: The Burnt Building V6 at Late Neolithic Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria, Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 43/44: 307-324.
- Akkermans P.M.M.G., Brüning M.L., Hammers N., Huigens H., Kruijer L., Meens A., Nieuwenhuyse O., Raat A., Rogmans E.F., Slappendel C., Taipale S., Tews S. & Visser E. (2012), Burning down the house: the burnt building V6 at Late Neolithic Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria, Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 43/44: 307-324.
- Huigens H.O. (2010), Opgravingen in de FOSA put: op zoek naar de vroegste bewoners van Tell Sabi Abyad, Stichting Friends Of Sabi Abyad Nieuwsbrief (5): 13-17.