In the context of the "Culture 2007-2013"-programme of the European Commission, a substantial grant has been awarded to the research network NEARCH under the direction of dr. M.H. van den Dries. The network, NEARCH, succeeds the ACE-network (Archaeology in Contemporary Europe: professional practices & public outreach) 2007-2012.
A Rubicon Grant is awarded to dr Quentin Bourgeois for his reserach project " Walking along Ancestral Lines. Prehistoric barrow alignments from the 3rd Millennium BC in North-Western and Central Europe ". For his research Quentin will be part of the research group of of Prof. Dr. Helle Vandkilde and Mads Holst at the University of Aarhus in Denmark for one year, starting in the summer of 2013.
Global Exploration Grant (National Geographic Society) awarded to Dr. Alexander Geurds for field research in Nicaragua
With the awarded Global Exploration Grant Dr. Alex Geurds will further investigate the Pre-Hispanic archaeological site Aguas Buenas in Nicaragua he recently documented. Partially completed differential-GPS mapping has revealed that this site consists of more than 500 stone and earthen mounds. Mapping, begun during the summer of 2012, has covered an estimated 40% of the site. Preliminary results from excavation confirms human occupation at Aguas Buenas during separate time periods.