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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 Late Roman and Medieval Europe and the Medieval Mediterranean. Important long-term processes will be addressed, such as Christianisation, Islamisation and urbanisation. Furthermore, for the Medieval Mediterranean food and dining habits are discussed, for Medieval Europe the Black Death.

Course set-up

  • 3 lectures;

  • 2 tutorials and 1 museum visit;

  • Weekly quizzes.

Course objectives

  • Basic knowledge of the chronology and geography of the Late Roman, the (Late) Medieval period in Northwestern Europe and the Medieval Mediterranean;

  • Basic knowledge of ca. 3 archaeological key sites from Late Roman Europe, Medieval Europe and the Medieval Mediterranean;

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

  • Basic knowledge of food and dining habits in the Medieval Mediterranean;

  • Basic knowledge of the short-term and long-term effects of the Black Death.


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 two 1-hour tutorial sessions and one museum visit, 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.

Assessment method

  • Multiple-choice exam (100%).

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.


Enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.

General information about registration can be found on the Course and Exam Enrolment page.

BA1 (first-year) Archaeology students will be enrolled by the Administration Office. If you are not a BA1 student, but want to take this course, please contact the Administration Office.


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 tutorial, 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.