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Internship Archaeobotany/Archaeozoology


Admission requirements

Relevant analytical skills, equivalent to BA3-level students (Botany/Zoology obtained).


The Archaeobotany and Archaeozoology internship involves participation in frontline research, contributing to a multi-disciplinary interpretation of archaeological sites. Laboratory work will place the archaeological data into a geographical, ecological and stratigraphical context.

If the internship is carried out in the laboratories at Leiden, dr. Llorente Rodriguez and dr. Field will closely guide and monitor your progress. If the internship takes place outside Leiden University, the instructors will liaise with the relevant contact person to ensure that a suitable amount and level of investigation is undertaken.

Involvement in an ongoing research project will comprise laboratory analysis and Access database work, resulting in the production of a quality proxy dataset.

Course objectives

  • To gain more experience in Archaeobotanical or Archaeozoological analyses in a professional environment;

  • Ability to write a feasible work plan;

  • Ability to successfully and independently carry out a practical project related the specialisation within a limited period of time;

  • Ability to write a report on the results, and critically reflect on them, both in terms of the specialisation, and in a broader, multidisciplinary context;

  • Ability to convey information to (non-)specialists;

  • Ability to select relevant literature and use graphical footage to clarify and support argumentation, methods and results.


To be determined individually.

Mode of instruction

Supervised practical work.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • Proposal and reflective report (1 ec);

  • Internship of 3 weeks or 15 working days (4 ec).

Assessment method

Based on acquired skills and report:

  • Attendance (10%);

  • Practical (50%);

  • Report (40%).

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


Registration for the course or the exam is not required.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. M.H. (Mike) Field (Botany) or dr. L. (Laura) Llorente Rodriguez (Zoology).


Compulsory attendance.