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Research internship: Prehistoric Farming Communities


Admission requirements

Key Developments in European Prehistory and Disruptive innovations in Prehistory obtained.


The European Prehistory department organises different kinds of fieldwork and is working on several research projects. You can participate in most of these projects in several ways.

The options for fieldwork internships are:

  • The Veluwe: surveys and excavation of burial mounds, supervised by Q. Bourgeois and D. Fontijn.

  • Szazhalombatta (Hungary): excavation of a Bronze Age tell, organised in combination with the Universities of Southampton and Cambridge, supervised by prof. dr. M.L.S. Sørensen and dr. M. Kuijpers.

You can participate in these fieldwork projects by writing a research plan, carrying out ca. 3 weeks of fieldwork and writing a reflective report. The internship can also involve post-excavation research or research in the framework of one of the research programmes of the staff members.

RMA-students following this module have to write a contextual chapter that places the internship research in a wider (international) perspective. You also participate in planning and in supervising BA and MA students (at excavations).

Course objectives

  • Learning how to conduct research;

  • Learning how to set up research;

  • Learning how to write research reports;

  • Learning how to set up and supervise field work;

  • RMA-students learn how to place research results in a wider international perspective;

  • RMA-students learn how to plan and direct parts of an excavation.


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

Mode of instruction


Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • Planning (0,5 ec);

  • Internship (3 ec);

  • Evaluation report (1,5 ec).

Assessment method

  • Internship assessment by the supervisor (70%);

  • Evaluation report (30%).

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

Reading list

To be announced.


Registration for the course or the exam is not required.


For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. H. Fokkens.


Compulsory attendance.