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Prehistory: Tutorial and current issues 2nd year


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

Admission to the RMA-programme.


Every fortnight members of staff, RMA and PhD-students discuss current issues in Prehistoric Archaeology and related disciplines. These issues are derived from ongoing research projects and are brought in by students, members of staff or guest speakers. Presentations that members of staff, PhD or RMA-students present in conferences are tried out and discussed in this class.
Occasionally, books are read discussed, e.g. M. Helms, Access to Origins (1998). The research designs for the theses are also discussed regularly.
In the course of the two years of study, students will visit several (international) conferences. In their second year, students are instructed how to present their own research for an international audience. The conferences are evaluated in papers and discussed during tutorials.

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of and insight in current research and debates in Prehistoric Archaeology and related disciplines;

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

  • Ability to voice one’s properly argumented opinion on these topics;

  • Insight in the applicability of theoretical models on data;

  • Critical review of one‘s own research and that of fellow students in a constructive manner.

Mode of delivery




Reading list

To be handed out in class.

Time schedule

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