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Field school 2


Admission requirements

Field school 1 and at least 30 ec of the BA1-programme obtained.

For non-Leiden students: equivalent (basic) level in archaeological excavation techniques.


The field school offers many possibilies in acquiring skills needed for future employment.
You can choose between developing an advanced level of fieldwork skills or an internship at a museum, archaeological company or any other professional field.

You can choose any project or company you would like to get more insight in and experience with the work flow, but you should make sure that the skills practised in the internship lead to a portfolio that shows sufficient diversity of type and level of skills.

The length of the fieldwork is at least 34 days (10 ec), but may comprise multiple shorter field projects. Please note that a fieldwork that lasts longer than 17 days is only counted as 5 ec – the remaining ec will be stated on your diploma as extracurricular. This is to ensure that you do not concentrate your fieldwork too one-sidedly and thus reduce your employability chances.

For more information about the individual projects or about possibilities for an internship in companies or museums, please contact the region coordinators directly – they can advise you in detail about commercial companies and projects, and will mark the individual reports.
The internship coordinator, dr. de Bruin, can advise you on the rules and regulations.
Enroll yourself in the BlackBoard module to stay informed about placements on offer.

Region coordinators:

Course objectives

  • To enhance your employability by increasing practical skills needed for a future job;

  • Ability to work in a professional team;

  • To gain experience (under supervision) in working in a professional environment;

  • To understand the relevance of archaeology and heritage in present-day society;

  • To understand the legal and social context and obligations of a project or company;

  • Ability to report in accordance with the stated requirements in a placement report.

Mode of instruction

Practical work.

Course load

  • 7 weeks of practical work;

  • Report in which the framework, data and analyses are accounted for.

Assessment method

Sufficient level of acquired practical skills and a field report that complies with the Faculty standards of field reports (see website).
A daily report of each field day must be added to the appendix of the field report.

Please note that a signed fieldwork agreement form must be handed in before the start of the project. For detailed information about this agreement and all matters concerning fieldwork and placements, please see the Fieldschool and Internships Regulations on our website or contact the coordinator.

Deadline for the field report: 6 weeks after the last field day.

Fieldwork is allowed only outside the teaching schedules.
A retake is only possible for the report and only if all other requirements, including handing in the report before the deadline, are met.

Reading list

Depends on the project.


Registration for the course or the exam is not required.

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 this course, please contact drs. J. de Bruin.


  • Compulsory attendance;

  • This course will be taught in both Dutch and English.