Lauren Morris

Lauren Morris is an archaeologist working on pre-Islamic Central Asia and Northwest India, with particular interest in the urban archaeology, numismatics, and commercial and diplomatic connections of the Kushans. She studied at the University of Sydney, and is completing her PhD in Klassische Archäologie at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (2018), where she was a Doctoral Fellow at the Graduate School Distant Worlds (DFG Excellence Initiative GSC 1039, 2013-2017). Her doctoral research was undertaken on the Begram hoard (Afghanistan, excavated by the DAFA in 1937 and 1939) through published data, coins, and unpublished documentary and photographic material kept in the Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet. This work produced a revised chronology for the occupation of the site and hoard’s deposition, the first full inventory of this find, reliable information about its immediate archaeological context, and resulting new hypotheses regarding its nature and implications. She has undertaken doctoral research in Uzbekistan, Japan, and Paris, and participated in fieldwork projects in Cyprus, Spain, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan.


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Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies Volume 1: Contexts

The three-volume Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies is the main deliverable of the BaSaR project. It aims to offer a comprehensive discussion of economic development in the empires of the Afro-Eurasian world region and elucidate the conditions under which large quantities of goods and people moved across continents and between empires. Volume 1 provides succinct

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Revised dates for the deposition of the Begram hoard and occupation at the New Royal City

- published in Parthica, 19 (2017), 75-104

This paper offers two major revisions to the chronology of the archaeological site of Begram (Afghanistan). The first revision pertains to when the Begram hoard was deposited (i.e. not when the objects were produced). Based on the new identification of three coins from room 10 as belonging to the post- Vasudeva Oesho with bull series,