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Histories We Play


Admission requirements

  • World Archaeology 1.2 obtained;

  • This is a seminar with a limited number of participants (18 students), for Archaeology students exclusively;

  • BA3 students who want to take this course: please contact the Administration Office. You can only be admitted if there are spots left, BA2 students will have priority.


The aim of Histories we Play is to introduce, expand upon, and innovate with play and storytelling for archaeological research and communication of knowledge about the past to a wider audience.

Sciences that focus on the study of the past could be described as narrative-driven fields. We tell stories about the past, about the people that came before whether they lived in the distant prehistory thousands of years ago, or merely 100 years ago, in the beginnings of the 20th century.

In this seminar we will focus on the study and production of playful narratives about the past. This course will create the possibility to learn about the past in a new, fun way, and open up the possibility to actively contribute to the dissemination of archaeological narratives.

Course set-up

Every class will consist of one hour of content and one activity-focused hour. At the end of every activity the group will get back together for one more hour to discuss the outcomes of each activity.

Course objectives

  • To gain an overview of the connection between play and the past;

  • To gain understanding of how to communicate archaeology through playful methods;

  • Develop storytelling skills in order to write archaeological narratives;

  • Develop analogue or digital games for archaeological communication and research.


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;

  • Group discussions;

  • Co-creation;

  • Play;

  • Group assignments.

Assessment method

The assessment will be based 100% on assignments that include weekly group assignments and a final group project.

The final assessment method will be co-designed with the seminar participants in the first week of the course.

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 will be included in the course syllabus.

Reading list

A list of readings is provided one week prior to the start of the course.


Registration start dates for the BA2 seminars differ from the registration dates of the regular courses.

Registration will take place with the use of forms. These will be e-mailed by the study advisers to all BA2 students and pre-master students at the beginning of March 2024.

The Administration Office will register all Archaeology BA2 students in uSis for their seminar exams. However, confirmation of these exams in MyStudymap is mandatory. No confirmation = no participation!


For more information about this course, please contact dr. A. (Aris) Politopoulos.


Compulsory attendance. Attendance will be administrated by each lecturer. Students can miss no more than one class.