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MA internship Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology


Possibilities for internships in the Mediterranean include:

  • Fieldwork in Molise/Central-Southern Italy (dr. T.D. Stek).
    Hands-on internships can be realised within the framework of two ongoing and interlocking research projects, the Landscapes of Early Roman Colonization Project and the Sacred Landscape Project.
    The first project investigates early Roman colonial settlement by a combination of field survey, aerial photography and geophysics, whereas the second focuses on the social role of the rural cult places of the indigenous Italic population (the Samnites), using both field survey and excavation techniques, as well as remote sensing. Students may participate in developing and applying different field methodologies, GIS applications, studying a variety of types of finds, from architecture to ceramics and soils.
    Special tracks involving specialist training for committed students are possible (e.g. survey team leading, geophysics, aerial photo interpretation).

  • Fieldwork opportunities in Rome (prof. dr. N. Sojc).
    Ongoing investigations on the Palatine in Rome. One of the core areas of the Imperial palaces in the center of Rome is being investigated with the help of spatial analysis and building archaeology research. The main research questions are the movement system of the building and its functions till today. Students will learn the basic skills of Roman building archaeology: telling apart construction and building phases, and reconstructing a building’s chronology on micro-scale. Besides brickwork and foundation analysis, measuring and plan drawing, brick stamp studies and ancient-surface-cleanings will be practised. Depending on general progress of the project, small-scale excavations (sondages) may be included.

  • Fieldwork in Sicily (prof. dr. N. Sojc).
    In the Greek polis Akragas, (today: Agrigento), a survey with find lab and geophysical investigation, GPS measuring will be carried out by an international team on site. The main research question focuses on the fusion of Greek, local and Punic dedicationary practices in an extra-urban sanctuary probably dedicated to an underworld goddess and one of the city’s necropolis. Various material remains will be studied, among them terracotta votives, ceramics, parts of sacred buildings, and bronze utensils.

  • Museum internship opportunities (dr. M.J. Versluys).
    Through close contacts with both museums of Antiquities in the Netherlands (the RMO (National Museum of Antiquities) in Leiden and the APM (Allard Pierson Museum) in Amsterdam) there are ample opportunities for specialised internships there.
    The specific focus of an internship at these museums may vary. It is possible for students to spend their internship doing research on a specific object or a specific part of the collection (including publication).
    It is also possible to be involved in the planning and organisation of an exhibition. Whatever the specific focus, the internship will confront the student with doing museum archaeology in practice and with important questions about the (re)presentation of Classical & Mediterranean Antiquity in present-day society.