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Discovering the concepts of Archaeological Heritage Management


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

BA degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or a relevant discipline.

SAP and Exchange Students: BA degree. Admission only after formal application.


A series of lectures will introduce the various aspects of archaeological heritage management, its development from the end of the 18th century, its international treaties and organisations, and its contemporary ethical issues. We will look into themes such as ownership, identity, values, stakeholders, protection, management and exploitation.
Some lectures will be given by (international) guest lecturers.
Students will have to develop their own arguments in relation to heritage management issues by writing an essay.


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Course objectives

  • Insight in the development of heritage management (on a global level, at the European level and in the Netherlands);

  • Knowledge of various aspects of international heritage management (such as protecting, managing, interpreting and experiencing heritage);

  • Insight in ethical questions and dilemmas of archaeological resource management from a global and international perspective;

  • Insight into the diversity of opinions, approaches and stakeholders, and the role of the archaeologist in these;

  • Insight into integrated and holistic heritage management;

  • Insight into current debates in heritage management.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;

  • 280 pages of literature;

  • Essay.


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

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


Assessment deadline

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

Reading list

At the beginning of the course, students are expected to have read R. Skeates, Debating the Archaeological Heritage. London: Duckworth (2000);

Further reading will be required from G. Fairclough, R. Harrison, J.H. Jameson Jnr & J. Schofield (eds), The Heritage Reader. New York: Routledge (2008).


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.

Contractonderwijs: all information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact mw. dr. M.H. van den Dries.