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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.


One of the best ways to gain experience in fieldwork is to simply carry it out. It is the only way to learn how to interpret (‘read’) the landscape, the soil and features, how to structure fieldwork, how to document features, etc. That will be the most important assignment of students taking this internship.

Students will take part in a project (prospective, excavation, labwork) in the Netherlands or abroad, preferably organised by the Faculty of Archaeology. An important condition is an approved assignment on the basis of which a final report is written in accordance with Faculty norms.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of field and/or labwork methods;

  • Ability to interpret data;

  • Learning how to structure (field) work;

  • Ability to work in a team;

  • Writing skills.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 3 weeks of fieldwork/internship;

  • Report.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Minimally a 3-week internship (assessment by the internship supervisor);

  • Report (for fieldwork, based on adequate daily notes).

Assessment deadline

The report needs to be handed in within 20 days after the end of the internship.

Reading list

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 drs R. Jansen.