Nils Vanwezer

Doctoral Researcher
Research Associate
Department of Archaeology

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. 

Research 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.


Vanwezer, N., Taylor, W., Bayarsaikhan, J., Breitenbach, S.F.M., Amano, N., Louys, J., del Val, M., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M., 2021. Hunting, herding, and people in the rock art of Mongolia: New discoveries in the Gobi-Altai Mountains. Archaeological Research in Asia. 26, 100267 (Free access)

Vanwezer, N., Breitenbach, S.F.M., Gázquez, F., Louys, J., Kononov, A., Sokol’nikov, D., Avirmed, E., Burguet-Coca, A., Picin, A., Cueva-Temprana, A., Sánchez-Martínez, J., Taylor, W.T.T., Boivin, N., Bayarsaikhan, J., Petraglia, M.D., 2021. Archaeological and environmental cave records in the Gobi-Altai Mountains, Mongolia. Quaternary International. 586, 66-89. (Access)

Roberts, P., Buhrich, A., Caetano-Andrade, V., Cosgrove, R., Fairbairn, A., Florin, S.A., Vanwezer, N., Boivin, N., Hunter, B., Mosquito, D., Turpin, G., Ferrier, Å., 2021. Reimagining the relationship between Gondwanan forests and Aboriginal land management in Australia’s “Wet Tropics.” iScience 24, 102190. (Open Access) 

Taylor, W.T.T., Clark, J., Bayarsaikhan, J., Tuvshinjargal, T., Jobe, J.T., Fitzhugh, W., Kortum, R., Spengler, R.N., Shnaider, S., Seersholm, F.V., Hart, I., Case, N., Wilkin, S., Hendy, J., Thuering, U., Miller, B., Miller, A.R.V., Picin, A., Vanwezer, N., Irmer, F., Brown, S., Abdykanova, A., Shultz, D.R., Pham, V., Bunce, M., Douka, K., Jones, E.L., Boivin, N., 2020. Early Pastoral Economies and Herding Transitions in Eastern Eurasia. Scientific Reports 10, 1001. (Open Access)

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)

de la Torre, I., 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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