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Laboratory work (Palaeoecology)


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

  • For degree students (including Dutch BA graduates): a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or a relevant discipline.

  • The BA3 course in Botany or Zoology obtained.


This is a practical course in which students apply the knowledge of archaeo-/palaeobotany or zoology they gained in the 2nd and 3rd years of the BA-programme to the investigation of plant or mammalian remains from an archaeological or archaeologically relevant site.
The exact nature of the investigation will be discussed by individual students with the instructor and depend on the student’s interests and the material available for investigation.

Course objectives

The ability to

  • determine and differentiate fossil plant or zoological material while unsupervised;

  • use scientific equipment, reference collections and literature to identify plant or mammalian fossils;

  • present archaeo-/palaeobotanical or zoological data;

  • interpret assemblages and reconstruct past vegetation, faunal community, palaeo-environment and draw conclusions about human/hominin activity.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 100 hours of laboratory time (5 ects).


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

Mode of instruction

  • One-on-one consultations between the instructor and student;

  • Student-directed questions.

Assessment method

Scientific report.

Assessment deadline

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

Reading list

Depends on the chosen field of investigation.


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 prof. dr. M. van Kolfschoten or dr. M.H. Field.