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Laboratory Work for Digital Archaeology


Admission requirements

  • BA or BSc degree in Archaeology or a closely related discipline;

  • Admission to the MSc Archaeology programme Archaeological Science;

  • Knowledge and skills about Field Techniques and Geographic Information Systems on a level corresponding to the Leiden BA courses on these topics.


This course is intended to provide students with practical skills and experiences in a sub-field of Digital Archaeology of their choice. The chosen subject will usually be closely related to the student’s thesis topic. The aim of the internship or lab work is to acquire technical skills necessary to perform (thesis) research in Digital Archaeology through:

  • Learning a software programme or a scripting language;

  • Building a database, GIS, (3D) model or visualisation;

  • Designing and executing a small, technical research project;

  • Writing a technical report about aims, execution and results of that project.

Set-up of the course

There are 2 options:

  • An internship at a host institution outside of the Digital Archaeology research group, usually at a different research group or project at the Faculty of Archaeology, or at a host institution (a private company, a public agency, a research/educational institution) either in the Netherlands or abroad;

  • Laboratory work at the Digital Archaeology research laboratory at the Faculty of Archaeology.

While the staff of the host institution (internship) or the Digital Archaeology research group (lab work) will provide advice and guidance, most of the course will consist on autonomous study, e.g. with the help of online tutorials. Therefore, course contents and schedule will be agreed on individually with each student. You will be required to write a proposal prior to the course and submit a technical report afterwards.

Course objectives

To provide students with practical skills required to perform (thesis research) in Digital Archaeology. At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • design and implement small practical research projects in selected sub-fields of Digital Archaeology;

  • identify relevant data and tools for selected their projects;

  • employ and use those data and tools;

  • report on their projects in written form.

Time schedule

To be determined individually.

Mode of instruction

Autonomous study.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

3 weeks of practical exercises (5 ec).

Assessment method

Final report (100%).

The final report can be retaken, provided that all requirements have been met, including all laboratory work.

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

Reading list

  • Evans, T.L. and P. Daly (eds), 2005. Digital Archaeology: Bridging Method and Theory. London: Routledge;

  • Lock, G., 2003. Using Computers in Archaeology: Towards Virtual Pasts. London: Routledge.


Registration via uSis is mandatory.

  • The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).

  • BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.

  • The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.


For more information about his course, please contact dr. K. (Karsten) Lambers.


  • Compulsory attendance.

  • Students will be required to use their own laptops/computers for the practical exercises.