New Research 2012

Overview of granted research applications and new cooperations 2012.

NEXUS 1492

Corinne Hofman (Professor in Caribbean Archaeology) has been awarded 15 million euro by the EU for her archaeological research on the colonisation of the Americas. She will lead the ‘NEXUS 1492’ project together with colleagues Davies (VU), Brandes (Konstanz) and Willems (Leiden).

The EU grant is an ERC Synergy Grant, a new form of grant that promotes collaboration between excellent researchers. The NEXUS team will consist of 38 researchers: archaeologists, geochemists and network and heritage specialists. A large number of them are from the Caribbean.

The research will start september 1st. 2013.

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L-R: Prof. Willem Willems, Prof. Corinne Hofman, Prof. Ulrik Brandes and Prof. Gareth Davies

L-R: Prof. Willem Willems, Prof. Corinne Hofman, Prof. Ulrik Brandes and Prof. Gareth Davies

Island Networks: modelling inter-community social relationships in the Lesser Antilles across the historical divide (AD 1000-1800)


Prof. dr. Corinne Hofman


01/06/2013 tot 31/05/2018


NWO Free Competition

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Charlemagne’s Backyard? Rural society in the Netherlands in the Carolingian Age.

Applicant & team Members
Prof. dr. F.C.W.J. Theuws (University of Leiden, Faculty of Archaeology)
Prof. dr. M. de Jong (University of Utrecht)

01/04/2013 tot 31/03/2018

NWO Free Competition

The new research group
will be formed by 1 postdoctoral historian researcher (University of Utrecht) and 3 PhD candidates archaeologists (University Leiden).

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Leakey Foundation funds fieldwork in the Turkana Basin

Dr. Josephine Joordens, post-doctoral researcher of the Human Origins Group, has been awarded a grant of EUR 15.000 to conduct fieldwork in the Turkana Basin, “the cradle of mankind”, in Kenya. Her research aims to shed light on the early history of the genus Homo in the time period around 2 million years ago in Africa. With her team she will apply a novel climate proxy, a combination of magnetostratigraphy and strontium isotope stratigraphy, to refine age control and climatic context of important hominin fossils found in the Turkana Basin. Read more....

Colonial Rural networks & Roman colonial landscapes

Dr. Tesse Stek has been awarded a Veni and a Free Competition (within the Humanities field) grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his research projects.


Colonial rural networks. Dispersed settlement and colonial expansion in the Roman Republic (c. 4th -1st centuries BC)
Duration: 01/10/2012 tot 30/09/2015

Free Competition

Roman colonial landscapes. Non-urban settlement organization and Roman expansion in the Roman Republic (4th-1st centuries BC)
Duration: 01/01/2013 tot 31/12/2017

These new Leiden research projects examine the role of Roman non-urban settlements in the formative phase of the Roman empire (c.4th-1st centuries BC). Both ancient and modern viewers have portrayed Roman colonies as key-factors in the spread of the urban model and are sharply contrasted with the non-urban settlement organization that prevailed in the conquered native areas. Several aspects of this urban, Roman model have been attacked by recent studies however, and it now becomes clear that non-urban settlements and institutions must have played an important role in early Roman expansion and colonization.
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LGI Seed funding awarded to research project: Globalisation, materiality and the transference of cultures

The LGI granted seed money to the interdisciplinary research group of Prof. Pieter ter Keurs (Anthropology), Prof. Caroline van Eck (Art History), and Dr. Miguel John Versluys (Archaeology) for their research on Globalisation, materiality and the transference of cultures. With the seed money the research group organised a workshop involving Leiden and international scholars on exploring how to productively link research on globalisation with material culture studies. Read more...

The Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project

Professor Peter Akkermans of the Faculty of Archaeology begun a new research project in the barren and desolate northeastern desert of Jordan: the Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project. The first season of fieldwork was completed in 2012.
The ongoing fieldwork is sponsored by Leiden University Fund (LUF) Bijvanck.
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Shedding light on endangered mutual heritage. Developing non-invasive imaging techniques to uncover, understand and preserve ancient Mexican pictorial manuscripts


Prof. dr. Maarten Jansen


Ludo Snijders


01/04/2012 tot 31/03/2016


NWO Sciencce4Arts

Marie Curie felloswhip for Noriyuki Shirai

Noriyuki Shirai is awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship of the Gerda Henkel Foundation's M4HUMAN programme. His destination will be the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, and his mentor will be professor Stephen Shennan. The start date is not yet certain, but will in the summer of 2013.

Constructing powerful identities. The conception and meaning of 'rich' Hallstatt burials in the Low Countries (800-500 BC).


Prof. dr. Harry Fokkens


Drs. S. A. van der Vaart

NWO PhDs in the Humanities

01/09/2012 to 31/08/2016

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Grant Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds

Marike van Aerde, PhD candidate in the VIDI project Cultural innovation in a globalising society: Egypt in the Roman world (promotores: Dr. M.J. Versluys & Prof. Dr. N. Sojc), has obtained a 5000 euro grant from the Prins Berhard Cultuurfonds to spend parts of the final year of her PhD trajectory at institutions in Londen, Oxford and Rome.

Cedla Slicher van Bath-de Jong grant for Mariana Francozo

The Cedla Slicher van Bath-de Jong Fonds honored the research application of Dr. Mariana Francozo:
Early modern comparative ethnography: The ‘Locke drawings’ collection and the representation of Brazilian native peoples in global perspective (ca.1680-1750)
This research will focus on the British Library codex Ms Add 5253, also known as the ‘Locke Drawings’ codex, which contains 79 folios with colored depictions of native peoples from Ireland, Scotland, North America, Brazil, Angola, the Cape of Good Hope, Java, the Moluccas, Malaysia, China, and Japan. Put together by different scholars and collectors between c.1680-1750 – including John Locke, Willem Courtens, and Sir Hans Sloane – , this codex is a remarkable source to study European understandings of otherness and systems of classification in an age of increasingly global interactions. In this research, Mariana argues that, much like Renaissance natural history, early modern ethnography was also comparative in its core. By taking this argument to its fullest potential, this research presents an innovative approach to the study of the position of indigenous peoples within the early modern European mindset. More often than not, scholars have studied representations of South American indigenous peoples isolated from their North American, African and Asian counterparts. This division in national boundaries, however, is a result of later historical developments and does not do justice to the original contexts in which such materials were produced and used, which were in fact global contexts.

Chiara Piccoli wins scholarship by the Italian Research Council

Chiara Piccoli has been awarded a scholarship by the Italian Research Council to work at the Virtual Heritage Lab of the Institute of Technologies applied to Cultural Heritage (ITABC-CNR) in Rome.
She will be working at the institute in the period from April to July. The Virtual Heritage Lab focuses on digital projects in archaeology and in cultural heritage, relying on an interdisciplinary team of experts to survey and document archaeological evidence with advanced recording techniques.
The lab is specialised in creating real-time interactive three-dimensional Virtual Reality environments of archaeological landscapes and sites and participates in many international projects. Among others, it has developed the Virtual museum of the ancient Via Flaminia and the Virtual Reality application of the Regolini-Galassi Etruscan tomb, which is on display at the Museum of Antiquity in Leiden and the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam.

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