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Advanced methods and theory


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

BA degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or a relevant discipline.
SAP and exchange students: admission after approval by the Graduate School of Archaeology.


This course is based on class discussions preceded by guided reading for all participants. For each of the sessions which follow the Introductory Session, the class will be asked to study certain chapters of The Blackwell Companion to Archaeology plus additional reading. The sessions will discuss: Integrative Method and Theory; Archaeology and Postmodernity; Archaeology as a Science; Archaeology as Politics; Approaches to Landscape Archaeology and Archaeology and Society.

Learning outcomes

  • Development of in-depth knowledge of the most important issues and debates in current archaeological theory;

  • Critical view on these issues and debates in current archaeological theory;

  • Evaluation of the relevance of these issues and debates for his/her own research.

Mode of delivery

At each session the student will present a 600-word commentary on what has been read for that week, and will use this to assist contribution to the debate in class.


The assessment is based on the grading of five weekly short papers and the participation in the discussion.

Reading list

To be announced.

Time schedule

Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule