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The biography of monumental landscapes


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Admission to the RMA-programme.


Every two years a field trip is organised that aims at discussing the origins, continued use and constant re-articulation of monumental landscapes. It is focused on theories about the meaning of monuments for the prehistoric societies. We also aim to visit research projects of colleagues in order to discuss their methods and methodologies.
Master students are invited to join the trip, but the Research Master students organise the excursion as a team and in that way learn to manage complex projects. All participants write papers in preparation of the field trip that together form a comprehensive excursion guide.
In the past, excursions were organised to Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, the Orkneys and southern Germany. The next excursion will take place from 27 May-1 June 2013. This will be an excursion for an international group of members of the Prehistoric Society (London) to the Netherlands.

The excursion takes place in block 4, but preparation for the excursion takes place throughout blocks 1-3.

Course objectives

  • Ability to organise a field trip for a group of people (protocol);

  • Advanced knowledge of particular archaeological landscapes;

  • Ability to make an analysis of sites and monuments in their physical and social context;

  • Ability to read and interpret archaeological landscapes in the field;

  • Advanced knowledge of research practices in international context;

  • Ability to work in a team.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • Excursion;

  • 280 pages of literature;

  • Assignment.

Mode of instruction

  • Tutorial;

  • Excursion.

Assessment method

  • Organisation;

  • Preparation of the excursion (itinerary, accommodation);

  • Excursion guide;

  • Presentation.

Assessment deadline

The assignment deadline is 15 April 2013.


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 H. Fokkens.