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Landscape Archaeology Projects


Admission requirements

Landscape Dynamics 2 obtained.


Our contemporary landscapes have a deep history indicated by visible and non-visible relics of human activities. Understanding past landscapes in archaeology is a challenge, both from a theoretical and a methodological perspective.
What exactly does the term 'landscape' mean throughout history? How do we go about archaeologically exploring landscapes? And how do we show the value of historical landscapes to a larger audience?

The main goal of this course is to learn how to gain knowledge of landscapes through archaeological research by integrating theoretical exploration and practical implementation.

A series of formal theoretical and methodical lectures about various research projects on landscapes from different periods and/or regions will introduce you to multiple methods and strategies to research a landscape. Practical issues are discussed, such as: what is a ‘landscape', what is a ‘site’? What can we learn through landscape archaeology, and why is this meaningful? And can landscape archaeology contribute to present discussions about the management and planning of our contemporary landscapes in general? Particular emphasis is placed on landscape research designs.

Course set-up

  • Every week, during a lecture, general information is provided (Introduction to landscape archaeology, methodology, and case studies);

  • During the weekly tutorials, you will work in small groups on three practical assignments relating to Landscape Archaeology Projects. The assignments will be graded.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the main aspects and definitions in landscape archaeology;

  • Knowledge and applicability of the fundamental (theoretical) approaches within landscape archaeology;

  • Learn to critically evaluate a research proposal for a chosen research area (a landscape) including a fieldwork strategy based on one's own research goal and questions, and within a limited budget;

  • Ability to formulate arguments orally and in writing;

  • Ability to work in a team.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
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Mode of instruction

  • Formal lectures;

  • Guided tutorials working on group assignments;

  • Autonomous study.

Assessment method

  • Practicals and assignments (100 %);

The course has been successfully finished when the final grade is 5.5 or higher.

Assignments related to practicals can not be retaken.

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.

There are weekly deadlines for assignments during the course.

Reading list

To be announced in the course outline (on Brightspace).


Enrolment for all components of your study programme through MyStudymap. is mandatory. This applies to both compulsory elements and elective credits. If you are not enrolled, you may not participate.

General information about registration can be found on the Course and exam enrolment page.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please contact the exchange coordinator for information on how to apply.

All information 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 dr. M.S. (Maaike) de Waal or dr. T. (Tuna) Kalayci.


Compulsory attendance.