Marike van Aerde
As current postdoctoral Byvanck Fellow, Marike teaches courses on Visual Culture and the ancient Silk Roads in Central Asia. Her ongoing research project focuses on early Buddhist material culture and Silk Roads networks within and connecting the Gandhara region (Pakistan/Northern India) over a period of ca. 2th century BCE-6th century CE. Datasets under investigation include rarely studied and newly documented rock carvings from the Karakorum mountains connecting ancient Gandhara and the Tarim Basin (Xinjiang, China), as well as reassessments of objects and sites from the Gandhara region and across the Indian peninsula (incl. Arikamedu), with focus on trade exchange and interactive networks between areas and material culture repertoires. Active student participation is encouraged in this project.
From 2010-2015, Marike’s PhD research was part of Miguel John Versluys’ VIDI project 'Cultural innovation in a globalising society: Egypt in the Roman world'. Her dissertation explored manifestations of Egypt in the material culture of the city of Rome during the Augustan period and demonstrated that Egypt was not an exotic Outsider in Rome but constituted a diverse and integral part of the Roman material culture repertoire. Fieldwork included campaigns at the Palatine Hill in Rome and object analysis in collaboration with the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma, the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome (KNIR), and The British Museum in London. Marike also holds a (cum laude) MA degree in Classics and Archaeology from Radboud University (2005), and was awarded the Graduate School Research Scholarship from University College London (UCL, 2005-2008).
- Faculteit Archeologie
- World Archaeology
- Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology