The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut néerlandais du Proche-Orient

Fokke Gerritsen studied Near Eastern and Northwest European Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Chicago and received his PhD degree from VU University Amsterdam in 2001.

Professional activities

Research interests

Near Eastern and Anatolian archaeology; Early farming communities and neolithization; Northwest European later prehistory; landscape and settlement archaeology.

Ongoing Research Projects

Barcın Höyük Excavations (from 2007)

This research project focuses on the site of Barcın Höyük in Northwestern Anatolia, as part of the long-term research project “Early Farming Communities in the Marmara Region”, a joint project of the Netherlands Institute in Turkey and the Netherlands Institute for the Near East.

An international team of archaeologists and specialists, from the Netherlands, Turkey and other countries, investigate early farming communities from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic, as well as a rural cemetery of the Byzantine era. The project receives its main funding from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). More information can be found on the project website.

Teaching at VU University Amsterdam

Fokke Gerritsen is a lecturer at VU University Amsterdam, teaching courses on Archaeology of the Near East and European Prehistory.