Affiliated Projects


Culture and Environment in the Upland Forests of South India from Antiquity to Early Modernity

PI: Prof. Daniela De Simone

Funding: Odysseus Programme of the Flemish Research Council (FWO) Type II grant (n. G0F0621N)

Administering Organisation: The project is hosted by SANGH (UGent Centre for South Asian Studies) in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu State Department of Archaeology, the Government Museum in Chennai, the French Institute of Pondicherry, and the University of Naples “L’Orientale”.

The Nilgiri Archaeological Project aims to move beyond the conventional view that sees South Indian upland forest-dwellers as secondary actors on the stage of global history, and change our understanding of the role they played in the making of world civilisation. To this end, a team of international researchers with expertise in Indian archaeology, palynology and palaeoecology, historical ethnobotany, ethnolinguistics, and epigraphy will focus on the Nilgiri Mountains in southern India, a region of montane subtropical forests and the homeland of several ethnic groups, from the start of the Common Era to the early 19th century. Read more here…

Human Adaptation to Coastal Evolution: Late Quaternary Evidence from Southeast Asia


PI: Dr. Ryan Rabett

Funding: Global Challenges Research Fund (AHRC) | Xuan Truong Construction Enterprise


 SUNDASIA is exploring how prehistoric tropical communities adapted to cycles of coastal inundation over the last 60,000 years in northern Vietnam, and how these data can help inform models and responses to modern climate-induced rising seas in this region. This multi-disciplinary research project is focused on the archaeological, geological and ecological history of the Tràng An massif World Heritage site, Ninh Binh, Vietnam. Read more here

A living archaeology in the Amazonian rainforest

Administering Organisation: MPI-SHH | photo credit: E. Neves


This project, funded by a Max Planck Society Research Grant, uses DNA and chronological profiling to reconstruct prehistoric human rainforest disturbance. Read more here

Island Sustainability: the Legacy of Anthropogenic & Natural Disturbance on Ecological Resources


CI: Dr S. Yoshi Maezumi

Funding: BES | Van Eeden fonds

Caribbean island ecosystems face unique social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities induced by anthropogenic climate change which is exacerbated by unsustainable resource management. To develop sustainable ecological resource management strategies, accurate forecasting of long-term vegetation response to climate and human-caused disturbance is necessary. To address this issue, the project ISLANDER implements an interdisciplinary approach combining palaeoecology, archaeolozoology, palaeoclimate and forest management in Curaçao. Read more here


The pace and rhythm of climate: 600,000 years in a biological hotspot


CI: A/Prof Janelle Stevenson

Administering Organisation: The Australian National University


This Australian Research Council funded project, uses palynology and ancient sedimentary DNA to generate knowledge of long-term changes in vegetation and rainfall for the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool (IPWP). The project is part of the the ICDP Lake Towuti campaign. Read more here…