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Conferences and Workshops (ARCHON) Year 2


Admission requirements

  • Admission to the Research Master Archaeology programme;

  • Registration with ARCHON (Research School of Archaeology), see the ARCHON website.


Workshops and conferences are an important aspect of the academic discourse, and enables scientists to share new findings. Since the research master programme is intended as a first step towards an academic career, we have included them in the programme.

You can choose conferences and workshops offered by ARCHON free of charge, or decide upon alternatives together with your supervisor (that may require attending fees).

ARCHON, the Dutch Research School of Archaeology, initiates, organises and supports a programme of educational activities in close collaboration with its participating institutions (University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, University of Groningen, Leiden University, and the State Service for Cultural Heritage).

The programme includes conferences, lecture series, thematic workshops, multi-and interdisciplinary courses and skill courses for RMA-students, PhD-researchers and staff members of the participating institutions.
The intent is to create a platform for inspiring academic debate on current archaeological research.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of and insight in approaches in current issues in archaeology, as presented in workshops or conferences;

  • Ability to formulate well-structured questions and arguments in oral discussions during the conference;

  • Ability to interact and network with (international) scholars;

  • Critical assessment of current research with respect to context, applicability and background;

  • Critical assessment of how the conference themes and specific papers relate to the student’s own research interest;

  • Ability to formulate well-structured arguments in a reflective evaluation report/conference review.


Not applicable.

Mode of instruction

  • Workshops;

  • Conferences.

Course load

  • Workshops and conferences of 1 or 2 days, including an evaluation report (1 ec);

  • Workshops and conferences that require reading (1 ec = 140 pages) and/or assignments (written work) (3 ec);

  • Presentation or paper given at a workshop (1 ec).

Assessment method

  • Reflection reports uploaded in Brightspace.

You will receive a pass, not a grade.

Reading list

Not applicable.


Registration in uSis is mandatory. You can register for this course until 5 days before the first class.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace, but make sure to register for this course in uSis.

You are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time. The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, you are not required to do this in uSis.


For more information about the ARCHON workshops, please contact the ARCHON coordinator (see website).

For more information about applying to attend alternative conferences that pertain to your own specialisation, contact your thesis supervisor.


  • Compulsory attendance;

  • Only the full 5 ec will be entered in uSis, obtained credits less than 5 ec will not appear.