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Material studies in Dutch archaeology


Admission requirements

World archaeology 1 and World archaeology 3 obtained.


This course deals with the most commonly found archaeological find materials in Dutch archaeology. In several formal lectures the material culture of the major archaeological periods is discussed, from handaxe till bartmann jug, and placed within a (North-West) European context.

During the practical sessions, flint from the Palaeolithic and ceramic from the Early Neolithic until the Modern era are analysed, described and drawn (sometimes photographed) according to modern scientific standards. The focus lies on the recognition of the most common types of flint and ceramic, and the systematic description of these artefacts.

This course can be followed both in the BA2 and BA3 years. If you have already taking the course in the BA2, the assignments for the BA3 will be different.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of and the ability to distinguish and identify the main types of material culture ranging from the Early Prehistory until the 17th century;

  • Knowledge and skills necessary for analysing, describing and drawing archaeological finds, especially flint and ceramics;

  • Ability to work in a team.


Course schedule details can be found in the BA3 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Formal lectures;

  • Practical sessions in groups of 2, by means of assignments;

  • Self-study to complete the assignments.

Course load

  • 4 hours of formal lectures and 24 hours of practicals under supervision (1 ec);

  • 280 pages of literature (1 ec);

  • 50 hours of self-study resulting in 4 small assignments (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • 4 small basic reports (one for each assignment). Each paper forms 25% of the final grade. Assignments are graded per group;

  • All assignments must be passed to pass the whole course.

A retake is only possible if all requirements including attendance and handing in the assignments in time have been met.
A retake consists of rewriting the report(s), but only to a maximum grade of 6,0.

All exam dates (exams, re-sits, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the BA3 examination schedule.

Reading list

The readling list will be announced on BlackBoard.
An important part of the literature, essential for making the assignments, is in Dutch!


Registration for the course or the exam is not required.


For more information about his course, please contact drs. R. Jansen


Compulsory attendance.