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Fieldwork in practice: Internship


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

BA-degree (or equivalent) in archaeology or a relevant discipline. Experience in archaeological fieldwork and fieldwork methods. Knowledge of the Dutch Quality Norm (KNA).
SAP and exchange students: admission after approval by the Graduate School of Archaeology.


One of the best ways to gain experience in fieldwork is to simply do it, but even better is to teach others how to do it and to teach them how to interpret (‘read’) the soil and features, how to structure fieldwork, how to document features, etc. That will be the task of students taking this seminar.
They will take part in the fieldwork of the Faculty or in the field school for first-year archaeology students organised each year by the Faculty. Each participant gets responsibility for a small part of the excavation and for a small team of students.
Under conditions, it is possible to do the internship on other excavations than mentioned above.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of field methods;

  • Ability to interpret features;

  • Learning how to structure field work;

  • Working in a team;

  • Coaching a team of junior students;

  • Ability to document features according to the Dutch Quality Norm (KNA) or other relevant norms.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Three-week internship (assessment by the internship supervisor);

  • Fieldwork report and adequate daily notes. The fieldwork report is to be handed in within 15 days after the fieldwork has ended.

Reading list

One should be familiar with the Dutch and British standards for excavations.
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.

Contact information

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