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Seminar ecology


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.


The seminar involves reading assignments, presentations and papers. Key literature will be discussed and students will be asked to prepare, present and discuss papers. Attention will also be given to various ways of presenting the material (PowerPoint, slides, overhead sheets, etc.)

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the latest research and current debates of science-based archaeology;

  • Have a critical view on the latest research and on current debates;

  • A deeper understanding of critical reading of research papers: assessing the reliability of the data presented and conclusions stated in a research paper;

  • Ability to discuss the background and relevance of these papers in a seminar context;

  • Ability to critically assess the literature and voice one´s own properly argumented opinion;

  • Ability to formulate research questions independently.


Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.
Exam dates can be found in the examination schedule

Mode of instruction

  • (Guest)lectures;

  • Presentations;

  • Discussion sessions.

Assessment method

  • Written examination;

  • Presentation.

Reading list

To be announced.


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 dr M.H. Field or prof. dr M. van Kolfschoten.