is based at the Istanbul Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) where he is responsible for the coordination of the Göbekli Tepe Project. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Cologne in 2005, majoring in prehistoric archaeology. Following the completion of his PhD in 2013, which looked at Early Holocene climate-culture interactions in the Eastern Mediterranean, he joined the DAI as a post-doctoral fellow. Since 2015, he is research coordinator at Göbekli Tepe. His areas of academic interest include Neolithisation and Neolithic dispersal processes, Early-Middle Holocene absolute chronologies, culture-climate interaction, prehistoric conflict, and cognitive evolution.

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