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Quaternary ecology


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

BA-degree obtained, admission to the RMA-programme.


This course will cover the methodology used to reconstruct ancient environments from sampling through interpretation and the implications to human ecology during the Quaternary. A small material study will be provided with this class, giving students the opportunity to learn the intricacies with which we base our interpretations of ancient environments.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques used by archaeo-/palaeo-botanists and zoologists;

  • Understanding of how these methods and techniques are used by archaeologists to generate data (direct or proxy) that answer specific research questions;

  • To realise the limitations of each method or technique when applied to answering archaeological research questions;

  • To understand that a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving is desirable.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:


Course schedule details van be found in the RMA time schedule.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Written examination.

Assessment deadline

Exam dates can be found in the exam schedule.

Reading list

To be handed out in class.


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

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr M. van Kolfschoten.