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Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage Management


Admission requirements

The course is open to students admitted to the Master programme Applied Archaeology. However, students from other tracks who want to know more about maritime archaeology and heritage management are welcome as well.


This course focuses on the management of maritime and underwater cultural heritage. In other words: the place the historical relationship between humans and water plays, and how we deal with this in our present-day society.

How can we use archaeology and maritime and underwater cultural heritage and heritage management in our daily lives? How do we value this heritage? How diverse is this view on this heritage? How do we deal with contested maritime heritage? How can we make sure that archaeology and cultural heritage find their place in area development? How do we tackle heritage management?

Set-up of the course

  • Introduction

  • Maritime and underwater cultural resources

  • Value and significance

  • Ethics, policies and law: How to protect our underwater cultural resource

  • Management of the maritime and underwater cultural resource

  • Role play preparations & excursion

  • Role play

Course objectives

  • Introduction to a maritime view to our past for both specialists and non-specialists;

  • Ability to distinguish different disciplines in maritime cultural heritage management;

  • Knowledge of the main elements and perspectives in management and policy in maritime cultural heritage;

  • Ability to develop original and creative ideas for maritime cultural heritage management;

  • Learning about stakeholder involvement in maritime heritage management.


Course schedule details can be found in the MA and MSc time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Individual assignment;

  • Group assignment;

  • Personal feedback;

  • Role play;

  • Excursion.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 14 hours of lectures/tutorials (1 ec);

  • Assignments (2 ec);

  • Literature (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • Written exam (50%);

  • Assignments and role play (50%).

A 5.5 or higher needs to be obtained for the assignments (50%). Only the written exam can be retaken.

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

Reading list

The reading list will be published on BlackBoard.


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.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

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 dr. M.R. (Martijn) Manders.


Compulsory attendance. Students can miss max. 1 class, but not the role play class!