Institute for archaeology and antique history
Hi, my name is Nik Petek, and am your friendly neighbourhood Slovenian.
I am currently a PhD student in archaeology and an Early Stage Researcher at the Uppsala University, working with the Resilience in East African Landscapes (REAL) project, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, funded by the European Union.
My research focuses on the land- and landscape use of pastoralist people between AD 800-1750 in the Lake Baringo Basin, Kenya. The archaeological investigation encompasses survey, to identify and explore the archaeologically unknown area, excavation of sites, and the analysis of on and off-site phytoliths and carbon isotopes to provide a comparison between populated and unpopulated spaces.
Before REAL, I worked with the Sealinks project, researching the Indian Ocean trade in East Africa. I enjoy exploring countries through archaeological excavations, and have so far excavated in Slovenia, UK, Germany, Kenya, Tanzania, and Madagascar.
My research interests include: historical ecology, phytoliths, landscape use, pastoralism and agriculturalism, maritime archaeology, the Indian Ocean, trade, social structures in archaeology, and the use of anthropology in archaeology and vice versa.