What's new?

The PhD research of our team leader Marike van Aerde is now available as a book. While mainly concerned with Egyptian material culture in the Roman world, it was this research that eventually led to our team's focus on Egyptian/East African connectivity and the Indian Ocean.

Read more about it at the publishers, Babesch Supplement Series, Peeters.


Early December our team visited Egypt for an academic conference in Alexandria and to explore the archaeology of ancient, Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt in Cairo.
We were impressed with the wealth of materials and monuments - and with the warm hospitality of the Egyptian people. We hope to return for collaborative research projects in the near future. 
A new blog entry about our experiences is coming soon!


Marike van Aerde will be giving a talk about trade and cultural connectivity in ancient Gandhara this month, as part of the NKV (Nederlands Klassiek Verbond) lecture series. All are welcome, but note that the lecture will be in Dutch. 

To tie in with Classical studies in Leiden, the talk will focus on the presence of Greek (material) culture in Gandhara as an integral part of a much more diverse repertoire of cultures that met in this region during Antiquity. Early Buddhist architecture, coins, and even linguistics will be discussed.

Click here for more details on the NKV website (also in Dutch).   


Our team is now complete!
Check out the new entries in the
About Us section.


Our first two blog posts are online!
Check out Alex's adventures in the Karakorum, and Rishika's dive into the depot.