Check out our Christmas Special video about Sri Lanka and the ancient Indian Ocean trade in Blogs & Vlogs.
This year a Prince Claus Heritage Grant has been awarded to Abdul Ghani Khan!
Our latest Open Access publication about Karakorum rock art is out! Access it here.
What we do
On this website we like to share our experiences of the field work and research that we do, as a team, as part of our ongoing archaeological project ‘Routes of Exchange, Roots of Connectivity’, currently based at Leiden University. This project was initiated by Dr. Marike van Aerde and has over the years grown into a team of international grad students/field archaeologists.
Our research project is all about connections. By analysing archaeological records and databases, we set out to reconstruct the actual routes of exchange that were part of the global trade networks that connected the ancient Indian Subcontinent and East Africa in the first millennium CE . Our project is rooted in archaeological evidence and interdisciplinary approach, and we also use our findings to ask bigger questions about connectivity in the ancient past. What can we learn about the connections between the many different cultures that met along these routes of exchange? How did this affect these places and the people who lived there? Heritage protection and Open Access knowledge sharing are also important parts of our work.
Through this site, we will share our experiences from the field and the lab, and regularly update the findings and news items related to our team by means of our blog and video posts. We also welcome you to follow our progress and adventures on Instagram. For our official research pages, we refer to the Leiden University website.