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History of Construction and Heritage


Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in Archaeology or other relevant discipline obtained.


This practical lecture series starts with the basics of construction history, ‘Standing up Archaeology’.
Several tutorials will address:

  • Stone and brick (types, bonds, ages, finishing)

  • Timber (types, marks, walls, floors, ceilings and roofs)

  • Windows and doors

  • Foundations and cellars

  • Heritage and restoration

Subsequently, there will be 2 practical exercises, in which will be explained how to make a documentation and description of one element of an existing building.

Course objectives

Using a building element (exercise 3) and placing it in a functional and historical context will result in a final paper (exercise 4) to be delivered in May.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Tutorials;

  • Excursion;

  • Student presentations.

Course load

  • 28 hours of lectures and tutorials (2 ec);

  • 140 pages of literature (1 ec);

  • Midterm essay (Exercise 3 of the course) and final paper (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • Midterm essay (exercise 3) (1/3);

  • Final paper (exercise 4) (2/3).

The essay needs to be at least a 5.5: no compensation is allowed.
A retake is only possible for the final essay, but only if all other requirements have been met.

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button. To view the assessment deadline(s), make sure to select the course with a code ending in T and/or R.

Reading list

  • To be composed individually;

  • For Dutch students: Stenvert, R. en G. van Tussenbroek, 2020. Inleiding in de Bouwhistorie. Utrecht: Matrijs.


Registration in uSis is mandatory. You can register for this course until 5 days before the first class.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace, but make sure to register for this course in uSis.

You are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time. The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, you are not required to do this in uSis.

Exchange and Study Abroad students: please see the Study Abroad/Exchange website for information on how to apply.

All information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).


For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. ing. D.J. de Vries.


Compulsory attendance.