Curator collection ancient Near East

Lucas Petit (photos: Rob Overmeer)Lucas Petit (photos: Rob Overmeer)

Dr. Lucas Petit

Curator, department ancient Near East

phone: +31 (0)71 5163 149
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Lucas Petit (1973) studied Archaeology of the Southern Levant at Leiden University and minored in Geology at the University of Utrecht. After graduating in 1997, he was involved in various archaeological projects in Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Benin. From 1999 to 2002, he worked as the executive project director for the University of Frankfurt am Main in Benin (West Africa). This resulted in a PhD degree in 2003. Petit was involved in numerous other projects throughout Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Together with two colleagues, he initiated the construction of a museum in northern Burkina Faso, studied cave drawings in the Chadian Sahara and excavated a water tunnel in Palestine. In 2004, he returned to Leiden University as a postdoctoral fellow in the NWO project 'Settling the Steppe'. In this project, he studied the settlement cycles in the Middle Jordan Valley during Iron Age II. At the same time, Petit worked as a substitute lecturer on the archaeology of the Southern Levant. In 2010 he was appointed as the curator of the Near East department of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities. With Zeidan Kadafi he leads the Tell Damiyah excavations in the Jordan Valley.


  • Archaeology of the Southern Levant
  • Archaeology of Benin and Burkina Faso
  • Grinding stones and other stone objects
  • Excavation method and theories

Key research projects

  • Grinding stones of Tell Deir 'Alla and Tell Hammeh, Jordan (1996-1997)
  • The prehistory and history of north-western Benin (1999-2002)
  • Oursi hu-beero. A Medieval house complex in northern Burkina Faso (2000-2010)
  • Iron Age settlement cycles in the Middle Jordan Valley (2004-2008)
  • Excavation Tell Damiyah (2012-now)   

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