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Exploring the dilemmas of Archaeological Heritage Management


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

BA-degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or a relevant discipline, and having successfully concluded the course Discovering the concepts of archaeological heritage management.


This is the second course within the archaeological heritage management focus. In this course students will be confronted with issues and dilemmas which they may encounter during their professional career as a heritage manager. We will look into themes like valuation and selection, commercial archaeology, public archaeology and tourism, community archaeology, looting and repatriation, etc. These themes will be introduced by lectures, some from (international) experts and practitioners from the field.
The students study in depth a particular theme and a case study, which they discuss with fellow students. Students also write a review.

Course objectives

  • In-depth understanding of various aspects of international heritage management (such as protecting, managing, interpreting and experiencing the heritage);

  • In-depth understanding of the dilemmas of archaeological resource management in practice;

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

  • Awareness of the relation of topics (such as protecting, managing, interpreting and experiencing the heritage) to wider debates;

  • Have a critical view into the current debates;

  • Ability to analyse and discuss literature;

  • Ability to voice one’s own well-argumented opinion, through discussion of case studies;

  • Ability to express one’s own well-argumented opinion in a review.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;

  • 280 pages of literature;

  • Review.


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

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Discussion.

Assessment method

  • Discussion;

  • Review.

Assessment deadline

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

Reading list

  • G. Fairclough, R. Harrison, J.H. Jameson Jnr & J. Schofield (eds), The Heritage Reader. New York: Routledge (2008).

  • Additional articles.


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 mw. dr. M.H. van den Dries.