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Experimental archaeology


Admission requirements

Materiaalkunde 1 obtained, or possessing a similar level of knowledge about material culture.


This lecture series will focus on the importance of experimental archaeology in archaeological discourse.
Experiments play an ever more crucial role in archaeological methods of analysis addressing questions such as: how was an object made, what was the investment of skills and knowledge, what are the physical properties of the material, can we say anything about its former use?

There will also be considerable emphasis on the experimental approach of pottery technology and lithic studies. Lastly, attention will be given to the importance of experimental archaeology in scientific research and the ever growing role of experimental archaeology in public presentations like museums and open air centres.

Course objectives

  • Deepening the knowledge about how objects are made and used by means of experimental archaeology, specifically related to pottery production and lithic technology;

  • Knowledge of and insight in the experimental and analytical methods with which to derive information from artefacts, as pertaining to ceramics and lithic materials;

  • Obtaining basic knowledge of the role of experimental archaeology in scientific research and public outreach.


Course schedule details can be found in the bachelor 2 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Practical assignment;

  • Excursion to Archeon.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

Assessment method

  • Written examination (50%);

  • Essay linked to the Archeon excursion (50%).

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

Reading list

  • A.K. Outram, “Introduction to Experimental Archaeology” (2008), in: World Archaeology 40/1, 1-6

  • Recently published articles (to be specified).


Aanmelden voor de colleges is niet nodig, aanmelden voor het examen is verplicht. Zie de pagina Inschrijven in uSis voor instructies.


For more information about this course, please contact mw. prof. dr. A.L. van Gijn.


Compulsory attendance.