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Nathalie Brusgaard

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N.O. Brusgaard
+31 71 527 6052

Current Research

Nathalie’s PhD research investigates the rock art of the Jebel Qurma region in the Black Desert of northeastern Jordan. The rock art was created by nomadic groups in the late first millennium BC/early first millennium AD and is an understudied insight into these societies.

Her PhD project will result in the first-ever complete documentation and catalogue of Black Desert rock art. It focuses on furthering our understanding of the rock art and the societies that created it through studying the content and production of the carvings and the relationship between the rock art and the natural and anthropogenic features in the landscape. Using a materiality approach, Nathalie’s research investigates how the study of rock art can reveal past human-animal relationships and human-landscape interactions.


Nathalie obtained a Research MA (summa cum laude) in Northwestern European Prehistory from Leiden University in 2014. She wrote her thesis on the social significance of cattle in the Bronze Age and also specialised in iron production in the Iron Age. During her studies she worked as a student assistant in the Oss-North project and studied Prehistoric Archaeology for a semester at Aarhus University in Denmark. Nathalie started as a PhD candidate at Leiden University in September 2014.

Guest Staff Member

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Near Eastern

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B1.16



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