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Research seminar: Isotope archaeology


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

BA or BSc degree obtained, admission to the RMSc-programme.


Isotope archaeology is dedicated to the application of isotope data in archaeological research that varies from the reconstruction of diet and mobility/migration patterns, to environmental reconstruction. The potentials and restrictions of various types of isotope research will be discussed.

Course objectives

  • Basic knowledge of the theoretical background of different methods applied in isotope research;

  • Hands-on experience in a laboratory environment;

  • Knowledge of the wide range of applications of isotopic data in modern bioarchaeological research being aware of the potentials as well as the restrictions of the different methods.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 14×2 hours of lectures, discussion meetings and practical exercises (2 ects);

  • 140 pages of literature (1 ects);

  • 2 papers presenting the results of a case studies assigned to the candidate (2 ects).


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

Mode of instruction

Lectures with practical exercises, discussion meetings, assignments, reading list.

Assessment method

  • Participation in discussions;

  • Presentations;

  • Assignments (research papers).

Assessment deadline

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

Reading list

The reading list will be published on BlackBoard.


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. ir. J. van der Plicht.