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Archaeological theory


Admission requirements

Propedeuse (first year) Archaeology obtained.


This course illustrates the application of Archaeology Theory through thematic lectures (capita selecta) in which concepts and insights from theoretical archaeology will be applied to case studies from various periods and regions.

Course objectives

  • Awareness of the practical problems of applying theory in archaeological practice;

  • Ability to compare and valuate different approaches in various regional contexts to theoretical issues;

  • Learning to be critical and self-confident in debating theory;

  • Acquaintance with current interpretative debates in archaeology.


Course schedule details can be found in the bachelor 3 time schedule.

Mode of instruction


Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures (1 ects);

  • 300 pages of literature (2 ects);

  • Weekly discussion in 7 mini-essays of 300 words + final essay of 1,200-1,500 words (2 ects).

Assessment method

  • 7 mini-essays of max. 300 words each (50%);

  • Final essay of 1,200-1,500 words (50%).

The mini-essays have to be submitted a week after each lecture. The final essay is due 2 weeks after the last meeting.
All essays have to be submitted through SafeAssign, and only on-time SafeAssign submissions receive a mark.

All exam dates (exams, re-sits, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

The reading list will be published on Blackboard prior to the first meeting.


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.

Registration 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).


For more information about his course, please contact mw. dr. J.A.C. Vroom or dr. O.P. Nieuwenhuyse.