Dr Alexander Geurds

Research Profile

Alexander Geurds is Associate Professor and Senior Researcher in the School of Archaeology and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University. He also holds a position as Assistant Professor Adjunct at the University of Colorado (Boulder) and currently serves as Academic Director of the Netherlands Research School for Archaeology ARCHON. He is the founding editor of the book series ‘The Early Americas: History and Culture’ at Brill Publishers.

Alexander is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society and a National Geographic Society Explorer. His research in parts of Central America is consistently supported by external grants, including three National Geographic grants. After obtaining several grant from the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO Rubicon, Veni), his current grants are:

Networked practices of contact: Cultural identity at the Late Prehistoric settlement of Aguas Buenas, Nicaragua, AD 500‐1522 (NWO-2013- 276-60-001 

The Linguistic Past of Mesoamerica and the Andes: A search for early migratory relations between North and South America (ERC-2013-AvG 295918-MesoAndLin(g)k)


•  ERC Advanced Grant MesoAndLin(g)k  

•  Personal page (National Geographic Society) 

•  The Early Americas: History and Culture (Brill Publishers)

  • The Valley of Juigalpa, Mayales River Subbasin Microregion (Chontales, Nicaragua) Date List II

    Donner, NR, GEURDS, A
  • Brown, M. Kathryn & George J.Bey III (eds). Pathways to complexity: a view from the Maya Lowlands. xiv, 511 pp., maps, figs, tables, illus., bibliogr. Gainesville: Univ. Press of Florida, 2018. £95.50 (cloth)

    Geurds, A
  • Geochemical and petrographic assessment of clay outcrops and archaeological ceramics from the pre-Hispanic site of Aguas Buenas (cal 400–1250 CE), central Nicaragua

    Casale, S, Donner, NR, Braekmans, D, GEURDS, A
  • Uses of pre-Hispanic kitchenware from Central Nicaragua: implications for understanding botanical foodways

    GEURDS, A, Ciofalo, A, Donner, NR, Hofman, CL
  • Review of Harrison-Buck, Eleanor & Julia A. Hendon (eds). Relational identities and other-than-human agency in archaeology