April 2021 - our Karakorum Heritage Project continues! Keep up to date with our progress at our main project page. Updates are posted regularly.
Our latest Open Access publication about ancient rock art is out! Access it here.
What we do
On this website we like to share our experiences of the fieldwork and research that we do, as a team, as part of our ongoing 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 diverse team of international researchers.
Our research project is all about connections. By analysing a wide range of archaeological data, we set out to reconstruct the routes and means of exchange that were part of global trade networks connecting East Africa, the ancient Indian Subcontinent, and the Mediterranean/Levant regions from ca. 300 BCE to the early first millennium CE . While our project is rooted in archaeological evidence, we actively seek out interdisciplinary research approaches. Heritage protection and Open Access knowledge sharing are also important parts of our work. We use our findings to ask bigger questions about connectivity and culture contact in the ancient past. What can we learn about such complex processes from so long ago? How did such connections come into being between different cultures? 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 our news items by means of blogs and video posts. We also welcome you to follow our progress and adventures on Instagram. All our Open Access publications are available via this site (Bibliography).