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Advanced themes in archaeology


Advanced themes in archaeology: The archaeology of marginality

Admission requirements

Admission to the RMA Archaeology programme.


Marginality has many connotations that include environmental, economic, social, political, ideological and material perspectives. Although sometimes dismissed as an issue of modernity, notions of marginality have thoroughly permeated, consciously or unconsciously, the archaeological métier. It implies issues such as marginal landscapes, cores vs. peripheries, catastrophe and collapse, social and economic inequalities,violence and coercive power, risk management, funerary deviances, material deprivation, ethnic marginality, social exclusion, and endangered cultural heritage.

The course will address the many facets and implications of marginality in archaeology through case studies by guest lecturers, as well as through the reading of relevant literature and class discussions.
The course will end with a two-day international (ARCHON) workshop related to the theme of the course. A final assignment will be connected to the workshop.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the recent debates concerning the many facets of this year’s theme 'the archaeology of marginality';

  • Ability to evaluate and discuss the lectures’ content, the relevant literature, and the many facets of this year’s theme;

  • Ability to present one’s view in both oral presentation and writing.


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

Mode of instruction

  • Interactive lectures;

  • Workshop.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures (1 ec);

  • 280 pages of literature (2 ec);

  • Assignments (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • Discussion assignments (40%);

  • Final paper (60%).

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the RMA and RMSc examination schedule.

Reading list

To be published on BlackBoard.


Registration for the course or the exam is not required.


For more information about this course, please contact prof.dr. P.M.M.G. Akkermans.


Compulsory attendance.