Marike van Aerde
Marike is a Postdoc researcher and lecturer, focussing on the archaeology of the early networks of Afro-Eurasian trade connectivity via land and sea, also known as the ‘ancient Silk Roads’ and maritime trade routes.
Marike is a Postdoc researcher and lecturer, focussing on the archaeology of the early networks of Afro-Eurasian trade connectivity via land and sea, also known as the ‘ancient Silk Roads’ and maritime trade routes. The project is undertaken, from a bottom-up approach, by means of documenting, interpreting and connecting archaeological sites and material, and includes a strong component of student participation. As such, it is also directly linked to Marike’s BA ‘Silk Roads’ specialisation course.
Currently the project’s two main focus points are reconstructing the archaeological evidence of maritime connections between early ports in Egypt and the Indian Subcontinent (esp. Gujarat), and documenting and analysing petroglyphic evidence from the Karakorum mountains that connected the Gandhara region with Han Dynasty China. This includes focus on the spread of early Buddhist material culture from Gandhara.
The project is also part of LID, the new inventory of the Leiden pottery depot, which encourages students to work with materials from important Silk Roads sites from the Levant and Arabian Peninsula (incl. Petra and Palmyra).
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 cultural connectivity between Egypt and the Roman world. Fieldwork included campaigns at the Palatine Hill in Rome and material analyses 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