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World Archaeology 3.1: Historical Archaeology


Admission requirements



The BA1 lecture series World Archaeology outlines the deep (pre)history of humans from our early ancestors to the more recent and complex societies in the world. The role of material culture in human society is discussed and shown in many regions and periods. Comparisons between different times and places allow us to understand the connections between the unique and the universal in the story of human development.

In World Archaeology 3.1 we will introduce essential themes of the archaeology of Europe and the Mediterranean after the Roman era, in (post-)Medieval times. Various regions, periods, and societies will be discussed.
We will also address the process of Christianisation, Islamisation, urbanisation, exchange, production, consumption, economy, empires, and food and dining habits.

To understand what happened in post-Roman Europe and the Mediterranean, it is crucial to look beyond and know what happened in other distant regions. A ‘global’ perspective on this part of the human past is needed.
Therefore we will touch upon developments in other areas of Eurasia to a more limited extent, including the Arabian Peninsula and the ‘Near’ and ‘Middle East’ and other parts of Asia.

Course set-up

  • Lectures and tutorials;

  • Weekly assignments.

Course objectives

  • Basic understanding of the major societies, cultures, and empires of Medieval and Early Modern Europe and the Mediterranean;

  • Basic understanding of some main long-term processes in Medieval and Early Modern Europe and the Mediterranean: Islamisation/Christianisation, urbanisation, commercialisation and fragmentation/decentralisation of political structures;

  • First introduction to several categories of post-Roman European and Mediterranean material culture (mainly pottery).


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, in which students work under supervision on assignments on the literature and practise their knowledge.

You will take part in three 1-hour tutorial sessions, coordinated by Teaching Assistants (TAs). During these tutorials, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversations about various research topics. Alongside the TAs, the lecturers will also occasionally participate in the tutorials.

Course load

  • 12 hours of lectures (0.5 ec);

  • Ca. 56 hours of course preparation, weekly assignments, tutorials, literature reading (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • Multiple-choice exam (100%).

During the course, there will be three assignments all students can to submit through Turnitin/Brightspace. Each assignment can earn you a max. bonus of 0.2 for your final grade. Assignments must be submitted through Turnitin/Brightspace, and only on-time Turnitin/Brightspace submissions count.

A retake of the exam is only possible in case of a fail (in compliance with our teaching rules and regulations) and only when the requirements of attendance and assignments have been met.

Compensation between the grades of World Archaeology 3.1 and World Archaeology 3.2 is only possible if the individual grades are a 5.0 or higher.

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.

Deadlines for assignments are included in the course syllabus.

Reading list

To be announced on Brightspace at the start of the course.


The Administration Office will register all Archaeology BA1 students in uSis for their lectures and tutorials.
If you are not in Archaeology BA1, you can register for this course by e-mailing the Administration Office. Use your uMail, messages sent from private mail accounts cannot be verified and will not be processed.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace.

The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, you are not required to do this in uSis.


For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. J.A.C. (Joanita) Vroom.


Compulsory attendance during the tutorials. Upon missing more than one workgroup, you will be excluded from receiving your final grade without the possibility of a retake. You will then have to apply to the Board of Examiners to get an exemption for your absence on reasonable grounds.