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Research seminar: Landscape and identity 2


Admission requirements

Admission to the RMA-programme in Archaeology.


The seminar is organised around ongoing research of the staff members.
In block 2 it involves reading and discussion, often with guest speakers. The students participate in all aspects of research, ranging from the development of the research design to the collection and analysis of data. The research often involves the study of unpublished data or a synthetic study of published data.

Apart from writing a research paper, the students present their results on a joint meeting with research students and members of staff in Cambridge (Department of Archaeology).
As the topic of this seminar changes each year, students follow this course during 2 years.

Course objectives

  • Detailed knowledge of the period, region, research problems, recent literature and current issues under consideration;

  • Knowledge of and insight in setting up, structuring and executing of academic research projects;

  • Insight in how high-ranking research is conducted;

  • Critical assessment of current research with respect to applicability and background;

  • Voice one’s well-argumented opinion on these topics;

  • Ability to design and conduct research;

  • Generation of new knowledge;

  • Insight in the applicability of theoretical models on data;

  • Oral presentation of research;

  • Development of well-argumented texts on research;

  • Critical review of one‘s own research and that of fellow students in a constructive manner.


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

Mode of instruction


Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 28 hours of lectures (2 ects);

  • 280 pages of literature (2 ects);

  • Research (6 ects).

Assessment method

  • Discussion (30%);

  • Research papers (60%);

  • Presentations (10%).

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.


Registration for the course is not necessary, registration for the exam is mandatory. For instructions, see the Registration in uSis page.


For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. H. Fokkens.


Compulsory attendance.