Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Nils Vanwezer

Kahlaische Strasse 10

07745 Jena



Nils Vanwezer

Nils Vanwezer
Nils Vanwezer
Department of Archaeology

Phone: +49 3641 686-748

Main Focus

Nils is doing his PhD on the Late Pleistocene occupations of Central Asia. By combining environmental data and geographic corridors he looks at the migrations and arrival of Homo sapiens in Northern and Central Asia. Using both GIS and ground-truthing fieldwork in Mongolia to look at different hypotheses for population density and migration routes across the Pleistocene. 

Current project: Mongolian Cave and Palaeolake Project

Curriculum Vitae

Nils Vanwezer completed his joint honours BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at University College London (UCL) in 2016. He continued at UCL, completing his MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology in 2017.


Li F., Vanwezer N., Boivin N., Gao X., Ott F., Petraglia M., Roberts P., 2019. Heading north: Late Pleistocene environments and human dispersals in central and eastern Asia. PLOS ONE 14(5): e0216433. (Open Access)

la Torre, I. de, Vanwezer, N., Benito-Calvo, A., Proffitt, T., Mora, R., 2019. Spatial and orientation patterns of experimental stone tool refits. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11, 4569–4584. (Open Access)

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