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)

  • Prehistory of southern Central America

  • Ceramic comales at the Barillas site (cal 1255–1390 CE), central Nicaragua: Defining a local technical tradition of griddle manufacture

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  • Ritual violence in the Ancient Andes: reconstructing sacrifice on the north coast of Peru

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  • Review Klaus and Toyne “Ritual Violence in the Ancient Andes. Reconstructing sacrifice on the north coast of Peru” (University of Texas Press, Austin, 2016).

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  • The Original is (still) the Winner: Replicas and Fakes as bound by Authenticity

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