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Practical studies


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

Admission to the MA-programme.


In a series of practical assignments, supplemented with short formal lectures, the students will familiarise themselves with different categories of material culture, studying them from a technological and functional point of view (block II). Subsequently, the students will partake in small-scale practical research in either the Ceramic Laboratory or the Laboratory for Artefact Studies (block III). They will complete the course by writing a short report on the practical research project they participated in. If a student wants to write his/her thesis on a specific specialisation like use-wear analysis, an experimental research project, or ceramic technology, his/her practical research in block III will be directed towards this end. This will lead to an MSc-degree.

Learning outcomes

  • Familiarising students with the properties and functionality of different raw materials, especially stone, flint, bone and ceramics;

  • Learn to describe assemblages from a typomorphological and functional point of view;

  • General understanding of the technological processes involved.

Mode of delivery

Practical studies.


Written assignment.

Reading list

To be announced.

Time schedule

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