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Discovering the concepts of Archaeological Heritage Management


Compulsory attendance

Prerequisites and restrictions

BA degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or a relevant discipline.
SAP and exchange students: admission after approval by the Graduate School of Archaeology.


A series of lectures will introduce the various aspects of heritage management and its development from nationalist roots at the end of the 18th century to current notions of heritage management. These revolve around themes such as values, ownership, protection, management and exploitation. Students will have to develop their own arguments in relation to heritage management issues by writing an essay.

Learning objectives

  • Insight in the development of heritage management (on a global level, at the European level and in the Netherlands);

  • Knowledge of various aspects of international heritage management (like protecting, managing, interpreting and experiencing heritage);

  • Insight in ethical questions and dilemmas of archaeological resource management from a global and international perspective;

  • Insight into the diversity of opinions, approaches and stakeholders, and the role of the archaeologist in these;

  • Insight into the integrated and holistic heritage management;

  • Insight into current debates in heritage management.

Mode of delivery

  • Lectures (incidentally guest lectures);

  • Tutorial.



Reading list

  • R. Skeates, Debating the Archaeological Heritage. London: Duckworth (2000).
    (This book should have been read by the start of the course!)

  • G. Fairclough, R. Harrison, J.H. Jameson Jnr & J. Schofield (eds), The Heritage Reader. New York: Routledge (2008).

Time schedule

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