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Research internship: Prehistoric Farming Communities


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Themes in European Prehistory and Current issues in prehistoric research obtained.


The European Prehistory profile organises different kinds of fieldwork and is working on several research projects. Master students can participate in most of these projects in several ways.

The options for fieldwork internships are:

  • The Maaskant region (settlement research; supervised by S. van As and H. Fokkens);

  • West-Frisia (survey supervised by R. Jansen, and sometimes excavation, supervised by W. Roessingh and H. Fokkens);

  • Veluwe (surveys and excavation of burial mounds, supervised by A. Louwen and D. Fontijn).

Students can participate in these fieldwork projects by writing a research plan, carrying out ca. 3 weeks of fieldwork and writing a reflective report.
The internship can also involve post-excavation research or research in the framework of one of the staff members. Examples are: research of West-Frisia excavations, research in the framework of the Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age project.

RMA students following this module have to write a contextual chapter that places the internship research in a wider (international) perspective. They also participate in planning and directing the excavation. This involves preparation sessions in April, May and June and the writing of an excavation plan.

Course objectives

Learning how to

  • set up research;

  • conduct research;

  • set up and supervise field work;

  • write research reports.

Specifically for RMA-students, learning how to:

  • place research results in a wider international perspective;

  • plan and direct parts of an excavation.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • Planning (1 ects);

  • Internship (3 ects);

  • Evaluation report (1 ects).


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

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Internship assessment by the supervisor (70%);

  • Evaluation report (30%).

Assessment deadline

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

Reading list

To be announced.


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. H. Fokkens.