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Prospective field archaeology


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

  • BA degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or a relevant discipline;

  • Experience in archaeological fieldwork and knowledge of fieldwork methods;

  • Knowledge of the Dutch Quality Norm (KNA);


The heritage management cycle generally starts with a desk-based assessment of available data in a particular region and with subsequent valuation of the archaeological landscape that is hidden in the soil.
In this seminar the methodological problems involved in the different prospection methods and predictive models are discussed. You will learn how to make a proper research outline for prospective research and for fieldwalking in particular.
If possible, the design will be applied in a practical situation during a 2-day survey.

Course objectives

  • Ability to apply interpretative approaches to data;

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

  • Knowledge of predictive models and survey models;

  • Ability to make a research design for a prospective research;

  • 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:

  • Lectures (1 ects);

  • Assignments and reading (2 ects);

  • Fieldwork and report (2 ects).


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

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Presentation and discussion by participants.

Assessment method

  • Presentations (20%);

  • Discussion (10%);

  • Written assignments (70%).

Assessment deadline

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

You should be familiar with the Dutch and British standards for excavations.
The latest version (3.2, only in Dutch) is available on the SIKB website.

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 course, please contact drs. R. Jansen.