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Late prehistory and Provincial-Roman archaeology



In this course we address some of the major developments in later Prehistory and Roman periods in North-Western Europe between ca. 5500 BCE until ca. 400 CE.
The course concerns key issues and topics such as the adoption of farming, ritual landscapes, exchange networks, identity, and military organisation.

Course objectives

  • Insight into the chronology of Late Prehistory and Roman periods in North-Western Europe;

  • Insight into the major developments and the key issues and debates;

  • Ability to define and apply important theoretical concepts such as ritual, exchange, power and identity;

  • Ability to define concepts such as vicus, colonia, castra, etc.


Course schedule details can be found in the BA2 time schedule.

Mode of instruction


Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 14×2 hours of lectures (2 ec);

  • 420 pages of literature (3 ec).

Assessment method

Written exam.

All exam dates (exams, re-sits, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the BA2 examination schedule.

Reading list

  • Chapters from Fowler et al., The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe. Oxford University Press (2015);

  • A. Harding & H. Fokkens, The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age. Oxford University Press (2013);

  • M. Carroll, Romans, Celts and Germans: The German Provinces of Rome (2001).


Registration for the course or the exam is not required.


For more information about this course, please contact drs. J. de Bruin.