April 2020: our team was featured in the Leiden University news. Find the link here.
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What we do
On this website we like to share our experiences of the field work and research 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 wish to reconstruct the actual routes of exchange that were part of the widespread trade networks that connected the ancient Indian Subcontinent with East Africa and the Mediterranean region in the first millennium CE (in our bibliography we have listed our academic publications). 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 patterns can we recognise from our statistical and interpretative research? What do these tell us about the connections between the many different cultures that met along these widespread routes of exchange? How did this affect these places and the people who lived there?
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. We also welcome you to follow our progress and adventures on Instagram. For our official research pages, we refer to the Leiden University website.