The genetic and archaeological synthesis of a Merovingian burial ground on the Flemish Coast. KU Leuven
After the report of a coincidence find in Koksijde, a late Merovingian settlement and burial ground were excavated at the beginning of 2017. This Koksijdse site proved to be particularly valuable due to the presence of building structures, cultural artifacts and ecological find material. Moreover, it was intriguing to find that the settlement phase was followed shortly afterwards by a burial field. The excavated buried remains consist of ...
Centre for Archaeological Sciences 2 - New methods for research in demognd interregional exchange KU Leuven
The Centre for Archaeological Sciences (CAS) acts as a hub for the development of exact scientific approaches to be applied to archaeological research questions. Advanced interdisciplinary research serving archaeology, but developed in the biomedical, engineering or science labs of KU Leuven is stimulated, and made available to international archaeologists in the field or in museums worldwide.
An archaeological approach on early interactions between hunter-gatherers and sedentary food-producers in Western Central Africa. Ghent University
The question of prehistoric contact between indigenous hunter-gatherers and the first sedentary
communities in Western Central Africa has so far mainly been addressed by linguists, geneticists
and historians in relation to the Bantu Expansion, which is the initial migration of Bantu-speaking
communities across sub-Saharan Africa. Unlike in other parts of the continent and the world,
archaeologists have never systematically ...
Settlement Patterns in the greater Dayr al-Barsha region. An archaeological investigation of settlement dynamics in the northeastern Hare nome KU Leuven
Ancient Egypt is a land of temples, pyramids and mummies. But these extraordinary achievements were generated by a society which remains poorly understood. Barely studied questions concern the form and nature of settlement patterns and its embeddedness in the environment. Egyptology has usually approached such daily life issues based on texts and tomb scenes, but these invariably derive from the context of the elite, and only draw a very ...
Development of non-destructive analysis protocols for the chemical and isotopic analysis of archaeological materials KU Leuven
New analysis protocols for the non-destructive chemical analysis of ancient materials will be developed. Micro - X-ray fluorescence (µXRF) will be used to look at major to trace element compositions. Laser ablation – multi collector - inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry (LA-MC-ICP-MS) will be used to perform isotopic analysis, focusing on Pb-Sb-Sr-Nd isotope ratios. Protocols will be developed, for both methods, custom-made to the ...
The funerary landscape of the greater Dayr al-Barsha region (Middle Egypt). Developing socio-archaeological approaches to ancient Egyptian cemeteries. KU Leuven
Archaeometrical research of painted objects Ghent University
This research project is situated on the border between natural sciences, archaeology and art-history and contains the examination of painted objects. Different methods of analysis are used to investigate pigments, binders and supports. This project tries to solve different types of questions on objects from different periods (prehistory, middle ages, antiquity) and locations.