Two inaugural Research Fellows have been appointed to the Silk Roads Programme, Edward Zychowicz-Coghill and Katie Campbell. Ed is a historian whose research focuses on the remaking of the Middle East in the centuries after the Islamic Conquests, covering the period 600-1000 CE. While at King’s he will investigate debates around the accumulation, circulation, and consumption of wealth within the early Islamic society of the Levant. Katie is an archaeologist who works on the cities of medieval Central Asia and the Caucasus, where she has been researching the archaeological evidence for the Mongol Conquest and its aftermath from c.1200-1400 CE. She now plans to focus on cities over a longer period, from the 11th-15th century, charting evidence for changes in their fortunes against the backdrop of dramatic political, linguistic, and cultural changes as Turkic and Mongol groups moved in Central Asia.