Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten, Leiden
Jesper Eidem is since 2009 General Director of the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (Leiden) and the Netherlands Institute in Turkey (Istanbul), and since 2012 Professor (by special appointment) of the Archaeology of Western Asia at the University of Amsterdam. His main research area is the history and archaeology of Northern Mesopotamia in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Eidem has published important archives of cuneiform tablets from Tell Shemshara and Tell Leilan, and has organised and directed fieldwork at sites in Syria and Iraq. From 1993-1999 his team investigated the small Iron Age site of Jurn Kabir (now inundated by the Tishrin Lake), and from 2000-2010 the site of Aushariye, both within the area of the Tishrin Dam Salvage project in Syria. In 2008-9 he conducted preliminary investigations of the Middle Bronze Age fortress Qala’at Halwanji on the Sajour River in Northern Syria. Since 2012 he directs the NINO Archaeological Project in the Rania Plain (NE Iraq).