The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

Deborah Giannessi is since 2015 Research Fellow at NINO. Her main research interests are the archaeology of proto-historic Western Asia, Chalcolithic societies, and early symbolism.

Giannessi was for many years attached to the Pisa Archaeological Mission to Tell Afis in Syria (directed by Prof. S. Mazzoni). She obtained an MA in History at Pisa in 1999, and completed her PhD in Pisa in 2005, with a thesis entitled “The Late Chalcolithic Period: Evidence from Western Syria and the Middle Euphrates”.

As an archaeologist she has wide experience from projects of excavation, survey, ceramic and museum studies in Italy, Syria, Oman, Denmark, and Iraq. She is currently preparing important collections of early ceramics from Syria (Tell Ahmar) and Iraq (Gird Bardastee) for publication.

Since settling in Leiden in 2009 she has taken a special interest in the collections held at NINO, and prepared a catalogue of the Böhl slides collection. She is currently in charge of reorganising the main Böhl Collection of cuneiform tablets and other ancient Near Eastern objects held at NINO.

Selected Publications