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Research strategies


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

BA degree (or equivalent) in archaeology or a relevant discipline. Experience in archaeological fieldwork and fieldwork methods.
SAP and exchange students: admission after approval by the Graduate School of Archaeology.


Seminar which teaches the student how to translate research problems into fieldwork strategies and in multi-disciplinary research. Based on actual cases project outlines are assessed and made in small teams. The lectures focus on how research questions can be formulated to generate new knowledge through excavation and post-excavation analysis. Calculation of the financial consequences of project outlines is part of the course as well.

Course objectives

  • Ability to aplly interpretative approaches to data;

  • Ability to translate research problems into practical fieldwork and labratory work;

  • Knowledge of field methods;

  • Learning how to bid for archaeological project in market situations;

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

  • Ability to formulate a properly argumented opinion on current issues;

  • Oral presentation skills;

  • Working in a team.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • Lectures: 1 ects;

  • Assignments and reading: 4 ects.


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

Mode of instruction

A mixture of formal lecture sessions and group presentations. Guest lectures by field experts are combined with discussion about the group assignments.

Assessment method

  • Oral presentations (20%);

  • Written assignments (70%);

  • Participation in discussion (10%).

Assesment deadline

  • Strict deadlines each week;

  • Final assignment to be presented on the last day of the course;

  • Final paper (final assessment) within 15 days after the last course.

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 excavation and written schemes of investigation.
The latest version of the Dutch standard, version 3.2, cf. is only available in Dutch.
Advised reading: Martin Carver (2010), Archaeological investigation. Routledge: 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 or prof. dr. H. Fokkens.