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Admission requirements

BA2 course Bioarchaeology (or equivalent level) obtained.


Palaeozoological research (studying fossil remains of animals) and archaeozoological research (studying the man-animal relationship and their natural environment) requires knowledge in the field of collecting, determining and expert registration of Pleistocene and/or Holocene remains.
In addition, thorough knowledge of the diversity and evolution of the various animal groups during the Pleistocene and Holocene is important, as is knowledge about animal welfare, the relationship between man and animal and knowledge of the wide-ranging research methods and techniques and their application possibilities.
All these aspects will be addressed in detail based on the study of palaeozoological and archaeozoological finds.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of and insight into the research methods and techniques and their application possibilities within palaeozoology and archaeozoology;

  • Knowledge of and insight into framing of these specialisations within archaeology;

  • Knowledge of and insight into the diversity and evolution of the different animal groups in the Quaternary;

  • Ability to recognise and identify skeleton parts (including teeth and molars) of many different animal species from the Holocene and Pleistocene;

  • Ability to describe zoological material according to the standards used in the subject field;

  • Ability to identify and distinguish characteristic, deviant features of zoological material and those of different types of processing traces on the material;

  • Ability to conduct paleozoological or archaeozoological research by studying skeleton material using various research methods and interpreting the analysis data;

  • Ability to conduct archaeozoological research and combine the results with other aspects of an archaeological study;

  • Ability to write a basic report of archaeozoological research of this (sub)study.


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

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar;

  • Practicals.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • Lectures (2 ec);

  • Assignments (3 ec);

  • Literature (3 ec);

  • Paper (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • Paper (60%);

  • Assignments (40%).

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

Reading list

To be handed out during class.


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 prof. dr. M. van Kolfschoten.


Compulsory attendance.