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Seminar research strategies Field Archaeology


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Degree students (including Dutch BA graduates): BA degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or a relevant discipline.
SAP and Exchange Students: BA degree. Admission only after formal application.


Seminar which teaches the student how to translate research problems into fieldwork strategies and in multi-disciplinary research. Based on actual cases, project outlines are assessed and made in small teams. The lectures focus on how research questions can be formulated that generate new knowledge through excavation and post-excavation analysis. Calculation of the financial consequences of project outlines is part of the course as well.

Course objectives

  • Ability to apply interpretative approaches to data;

  • Ability to translate research problems into practical fieldwork and laboratory work;

  • Knowledge of field methods;

  • Learning how to bid for archaeological projects in market situations;

  • Ability to assess critical factors in research (risk analysis);

  • Ability to formulate a properly argumented opinion on current issues;

  • Oral presentation skills;

  • Working in a team.


Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Group presentations.
    Guest lectures by experts in the field are combined with the discussion of assignments made in groups.

Assessment method

  • Oral presentations;

  • Written assignments: there are strict deadlines each week. The final assignment is to be presented on the last day of the course. The final paper (final assessment) is to be handed in within 15 day after the last session.

  • Participation in discussion.

Reading list

One should be familiar with the Dutch and British standards for excavation and written schemes of investigation.
Dutch standard (in English), latest version (only Dutch) = version 3.2, cf.

Advised reading:
M. Carver, Archaeological Investigation. Routledge (2010). ISBN: 978-0-415-48919-5.


Register for this course via uSis.
Instructions for registration can be found in the uSis manual.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Contractonderwijs: all information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr H. Fokkens.