Head of Collections and Research Department

Dr. Lucas Petit
tel: +31 (0)71 516 3149
e-mail: l.petit@rmo.nl

Educational background and special fields of interest

Lucas Petit (b. 1973) studied Archaeology of the Southern Levant at Leiden University and minored in Geology at the University of Utrecht. After taking his Master’s degree 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), which led to his PhD degree in 2003.

Research and projects

Petit has been 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. Together with Zeidan Kadafi, he leads the Tell Damiyah excavations in the Jordan Valley. Since November 2019, Lucas Petit leads the Collections and Research Department and is member of the museum’s management team.

Expertise

  • 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)
Lucas Petit

Representative exhibitions

  • Trade Goods and Souvenirs (Leiden, 2011)
  • The Dutch and the ancient Near East, refurbishment permanent exhibition (Leiden, 2013-nu)
  • Digging for the biblical Shechem (Leiden, 2013)
  • Petra. Wonder in the Desert (Leiden, 2013-2014)
  • Nineveh (Leiden, 2017-2018)

Representative publications

  • Petit, L.P. and Z. Kafafi, 2019. Op zoek naar objectiviteit. Campagne 2018 van het Nederlands-Jordaans opgravingsteam op Tell Damiyah. Archeologie Magazine 2019 (1), 18-22.
  • Petit, L.P. and Z. Kafafi, 2019. Tell Damiyah. Een onopgemerkt pareltje in de Jordaanvallei. RMO Magazine 47, 16-20.
  • Khasawneh, S. al, A. Murray, Z. Kafafi and L. Petit, 2019. Luminscence Dating of the Iron Age Deposits from Tell Damiyah in the Jordan Valley. Radiocarbon.
  • Emberling, G. en L.P. Petit (red.), 2018. Museums and the Ancient Middle East. Curatorial Practice and Audiences. Routledge Research in Museum Studies. Routledge.
  • Emberling, G. en L.P. Petit, 2018. Curating the Ancient Middle East. In Emberling en Petit (red.), Museums and the Ancient Middle East. Curatorial Practice and Audiences: 3-14. Routledge Research in Museum Studies. Routledge.
  • Petit, L.P., 2018. And now for something completely different: The renewal of the ancient Middle Eastern gallery in the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities. In Emberling en Petit (red.), Museums and the Ancient Middle East. Curatorial Practice and Audiences: 87-99. Routledge Research in Museum Studies. Routledge.
  • Petit, L.P. en Z. Kafafi, 2018. Tell Damiyah. Archaeology in Jordan. 2016 and 2017 Seasons. Newsletter ACOR: 35-36.
  • Petit, L.P. en Z. Kafafi, 2018. Recycling the Valley: Preliminary Report of the 2015 Excavations at Tall Damiyah. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 59: 329-336.
  • Kafafi, Z. en L.P. Petit, 2018. Recycling the Valley Preliminary Report: Tall Damiyah Excavations 2014. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 59: 317-328.
  • Petit, L.P. en A. de Wit, 2017. Une Exposition pour protéger Ninive, Grande Galerie: Le journal du Louvre 42, 92-93.
  • Petit, L.P., 2017. The Curse of the Tigris River. In Petit and Morandi Bonacossi (red.), Nineveh, the Great City. Symbol of Beauty and Power, 78-79. PALMA 13. Leiden: Sidestone Press.
  • Petit, L.P., 2017. Nineveh. Weggevaagd maar niet verdwenen. Archeologie Magazine 5, 42-46.
  • Petit, L.P., 2017. Nineveh – hoofdstad van een wereldrijk. RMO Magazine, najaar 2017 – jaargang 18, nummer 44, 4-10.
  • Petit, L.P. en D. Morandi Bonacossi (Red.), 2017. Nineveh, the Great City. Symbol of Beauty and Power. PALMA 13. Leiden: Sidestone Press.
  • Petit, L.P. en D. Morandi Bonacossi (Red.), 2017. Nineveh. Hoofdstad van een Wereldrijk. Leiden: Sidestone Press.
  • Petit, L.P. 2017., “Mind the Gap! Identifying occupation hiatus macroscopically and evaluating their importance for settlement mound research.” In: N. Rupp, C. Beck, G. Franke en K.P. Wendt (Red,), Winds of Change. Archaeological Contributions in Honour of Peter Breunig, 373-384. Dr. Rudolf Habelt Verlag, Bonn.
  • Pelzer, C., M. von Czerniewicz en L.P. Petit, 2017. “Oursi hu-beero und der östliche Nigerbogen. Historische Anmerkungen zu einer archäologischen Fundstelle im Sahel von Burkina Faso.” In: N. Rupp, C. Beck, G. Franke en K.P. Wendt (Red.), Winds of Change. Archaeological Contributions in Honour of Peter Breunig, 229-244. Dr. Rudolf Habelt Verlag, Bonn.
  • Petit, L.P. en Z. Kafafi, 2016. Aan de oevers van de Jordaan. Het heiligdom van Tell Damiyah. Archeologie Magazine 06, 14-17.
  • Petit, L.P. en Z. Kafafi, 2016. Beyond the River Jordan: a Late Iron Age Sanctuary at Tell Damiyah. Near Eastern Archaeology 79 (1), 18-26.
  • Petit, L.P., 2016. Authentic or fake? A much contested Near Eastern object. Ancient History Magazine 1, 56-57.
  • Petit, L.P., 2015., Tell Damiyah. Een kleine maar belangrijke vindplaats in de Jordaanvallei. RMO magazine, jaargang 16, nummer 39, 25-27.
  • Petit, L.P., 2015. Recycling the Valley. Preliminary report of the 2012 excavations at Tall Damiyah. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 57: 239-246.
  • Petit, L.P. 2015. Authentic or fake? A much contested Near Eastern object. Ancient History Magazine 1, 56-57.
  • Petit, L.P. 2014. Phoenicia: Van doorgeefluik tot handelsmacht. In: Docter, R., Bouddoffara, R. and Keurs, P. ter (eds), Carthago. Opkomst & Ondergang, 16-25. Walburg Pers: Zutphen.
  • Petit, L.P. 2014. Oud en verzameld. Nederlandse collecties uit het oude Nabije Oosten. In: Kaper, O.E. and Dercksen, J.G. (eds), Waar de geschiedenis begon: Nederlandse onderzoekers in de ban van spijkerschrift, hiërogliefen en aardewerk, 73-87. Leiden: NINO.
  • Petit, L.P. 2014. An archaeological Historiography of Khirbet et-Tell, Palestine and the ongoing search for the Biblical city of ‘Ai. In: Wagemakers, B. (ed.), Archaeology in the ‘Land of Tells and Ruins’, 41-57. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Petit, L.P. 2013. Oude Nabije Oosten. Een paradijs voor verzamelaars en wetenschappers. Leiden: Walburg Pers.
  • Petit, L.P. 2013. Understanding the ‘Pit people’. An imaginary conservation in the Central Jordan Valley during the late 7th or 6th century B.C. In: Steen, E. van der, Boertien, J. and Mulder-Hymans, N. (eds), Exploring the Narrative. Jerusalem and Jordan in the Bronze and Iron Ages, 171-179. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Petit, L.P. 2013. The Jordan Valley. In: Master, D. (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology, Volume 2, 47-53. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Petit, L.P. 2013. Een replica uit Londen en een vergeten collega uit Friesland. De vernieuwde Nabije Oosten-afdeling in het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. Archeologie Magazine 03, 8-11.
  • Petit, L. 2013. Aan de oevers van de Jordaan… Rijksmuseum van Oudheden start nieuwe opgravingen in de Jordaanvallei. Archeologie Magazine 01, 8-12.
  • Petit, L. 2013. Het oude Nabije Oosten. Een paradijs voor verzamelaars en wetenschappers. Leiden: Walburg.
  • Petit, L. 2012. What would the Pharaoh Shoshenq I have seen if he had visited the Central Jordan Valley? Palestine Exploration Quarterly 144 (3), 191-207.
  • Petit, L.P., C. von Czerniewicz and C. Pelzer (eds.) 2011. Oursi hu-beero. A Medieval house complex in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Leiden: Sidestone Press.
  • Petit, L.P. 2010. Bookreview: Carver, M. 2010. Archaeological Investigation – London/New York, Routledge. PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypte/Egyptology 7(8): 1-3.
  • Kaptijn, E. and Petit, L.P. (eds.) 2009. A Timeless Vale. Archaeological and related essays on the Jordan Valley in honour of Gerrit van der Kooij on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday. ASLU 19. Leiden: Leiden University Press.
  • Petit, L.P. 2009. A wheel-made anthropomorphic statue from Iron Age Tell Damieh, Jordan Valley. In E. Kaptijn and L.P. Petit (eds.), A Timeless Vale. Archaeological and related essays on the Jordan Valley in honour of Gerrit van der Kooij on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday, 151-160. ASLU 19. Leiden: Leiden University Press.
  • Petit, L.P. 2009. Settlement Dynamics in the Middle Jordan Valley during Iron II-III.BAR International Series 2033. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • Pelzer, C. Czerniewicz, M. von and Petit, L.P. 2009. De l’evénement à l’histoire structurelle: Oursi hu-beero. In S. Magnavita, L. Koté, P. Breunig and O.A. Idé (eds.),Crossroads / Carrefour Sahel. Cultural and technological developments in first millennium BC / AD West Africa, 213-222. Monograph Series Volume 2. Frankfurt am Main: Africa Magna Verlag.
  • Petit, L.P. 2008. Late Iron Age Levels at Tell Damieh. New excavation results from the Jordan Valley. Proceedings of ICAANE 2006, 177-187. Madrid.
  • Petit, L.P. 2008. An ethnographic study of three Betammaribé pottery workshop in north-western Benin. Leiden Journal of Pottery Studies 24.
  • Hourani, F., Kaptijn, E., Petit, L.P.,al-Ghul, O. and Kooij, G. van der. 2008. Dayr ‘Alla Regional Project: Settling the Steppe (Third Campaign 2006). Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 52, 427-444.
  • Petit, L.P., Czerniewicz, M. von and Pelzer, C. 2008. Crime Scene Investigations: Oursi hu-beero, Burkina Faso. Proceedings of the SaFa conference in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (online)
  • Petit, L.P. 2005. Archaeology and history in North-western Benin. BAR International series 1398. Oxford: Archaeopress.