Short CV/Education and training


  • 2007 – 2011
    Dissertation at the Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg. Thesis title: „ Siedlungsgeschichte des mittleren Osttigrisgebietes – vom Neolithikum bis in die neuassyrische Zeit“ (Settlement History of the Central Trans-Tigris Area – from the Neolithic to the Late Assyrian period). Graded with “summa cum laude” (Advisors: P. A. Miglus, Heidelberg; McG. Gibson, Chicago)

  • 2007
    Master of Arts in Near Eastern Archaeology, Assyriology and Proto- and Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Graded with “very good with distinction” (1,0) – thesis title: „Fernerkundung archäologischer Fundorte im westlichen Teil der Makhmur-Ebene, Irak“ (Remote Sensing of archaeological sites in the western part of the Makhmur Plain, Iraq)

  • 2000 – 2001
    Enrollment at the Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology (Major), Assyriology (1st Minor), Pre- and Proto-Historic Archaeology (2nd Minor)

Working Experience

  • Since 2012
    Research Associate at the Institute for Near Eastern Archaeology of the University of Munich – archaeological director of the Shahrizor Survey Project, funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation)

  • 2013
    Co-director of salvage excavations at Dekon, Serchnar, Sulaimaniya (with Zuhair Rajab Abdallah)

  • 2011 – 2012
    Assistant lecturer at the Institute for Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Munich

  • 2011
    Supervisor of area 3 for the excavation project at Bakr Awa, Province of Sulaimaniya (Peter A. Miglus)

  • 2011
    Specialist for pottery for the UNESCO Sulaimaniya Museum refurbishment project (directed by Stuart M. Gibson)

  • Since 2011
    Organizer of the Shahrizor Survey Cooperation Project (Heidelberg – Sulaimaniya – London)

  • 2009 – 2010
    Co-organizer of the Sulaimaniya Survey Project, Iraq

  • Since 2007
    Member of the project „Kulturlandschaft und Siedlungsgeschichte am Kleinen Zab, Irak“ (Cultural Landscape and Settlement Patterns at the Little Zab, Iraq), digital edition of B.S. Sulaiman 2010 (in Arabic), project manager: Prof. Dr. P. A. Miglus

  • 2005 – 2007
    Contributor for to „ArchAtlas“ (School of Archaeology, University of Oxford – Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield), project manager: Prof. Dr. A. G. Sherratt, Dr. E. S. Sherratt

  • 2001 – 2009
    Research assistant and consultant at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Institute for Pre- and Proto-Historic and Near Eastern Archaeology, and the Institute of Language and Cultures of the Near East for various projects (image processing, publication editing of MANP 8-11, database development, museum inventory, photo archive supervision of training excavations)

Selected publications

  • 2013, Siedlungsgeschichte im mittleren Osttigrisgebiet vom Neolithikum bis in die neuassyrische Zeit, ADOG 28, Wiesbaden.

  • 2015 Nimrud under attack. A short analysis , available at, and (2015/04/15); DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.5053.3920

  • 2015, “Assyrian territorial practices in the region of Ashur”, in: Düring, B. S. (Hrsg.), Understanding Hegemonic Practices of the Early Assyrian Empire. Essays dedicated to Frans Wiggermann, PIHANS 125, Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabje Oosten, 45–58.

  • 2012, “Human Landscape – Site (Trans-) Formation in the Transtigris Area”, in: R. Hofman, F.-K. Moetz, J. Müller (eds), Tells. Social and Environmental Space, UPA 207, Bonn, 79-92.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Flight – Migration – Interaction. Artefact-related diversity in Ancient Near Eastern contexts of the 3rd and 2nd millennium B.C.

  • Settlement archaeology in the province of Sulaimaniya – „concepts of living“ in a piedmont region interacting with Mesopotamian cultures

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • German Oriental Society

    British School of Archaeology in Iraq

    RASHID International e.V. (Research, Assessment and Safeguarding of the Heritage of Iraq in Danger), vice-president

Media coverage

  • Interview for Kurdsat Magazine:


  • Contributions to articles in Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Deutsche Welle, Bayerischer Rundfunk

Additional qualifications

  • Magister Artium, Remote Sensing of archaeological sites in the western part of the Makhmur Plain, Iraq

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • UAV documentation, surveying with total station, DGPS and 3D Scanner, Structure from Motion, GIS, remote rensing, database development, digital image editing, book editing

Other activities and achievements/family

  • charity work for cultural heritage organizations


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