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Seminar prospective 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.


An archaeological research generally starts with a desk-based assessment of available data in a particular region (expectation model). Prospective field archaeology methods are used for the subsequent valuation of the archaeological values and the landscape that is hidden in the soil.
In this seminar the methodological problems involved in the various prospective methods (and in predictive models) are discussed. Students learn how to make a proper research outline for a prospective research.
If possible, the design will be applied in a practical situation during fieldwork, in general a survey and/or excursion.

Course objectives

  • Ability to apply interpretative approaches to data;

  • Ability to translate data into a predictive model for that specific region;

  • Knowledge of predictive models and survey methods;

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

  • Oral presentation skills;

  • Ability to work in a team.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;

  • 280 pages of literature;

  • Assignments.

  • Presentation.


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

Mode of instruction

  • Formal lectures on desk-based research, prospection methods and predictive models by guest lecturers;

  • Presentation and discussion;

  • Fieldwork/excursion.

Assessment method

  • Fieldwork/excursion report;

  • Assignments;

  • Presentation.

Assessment deadline

The deadline for the report is 26 October 2012.

Reading list

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.

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact drs R. Jansen.