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Maritime archaeology


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

Bachelor’s degree obtained.


The identity of a country, a community, is related to its knowledge about its own past. Luckily this gets more recognised lately. Besides historical information also the relics that are buried under the sediment form an important source of this past, at least when it is properly studied.
An important part of the material past can be found under water, which is not so strange: Dutch activities in the past are often connected with the sea and their (trading) connections with other nations.
This course on Maritime Archaeology will be focussing on maritime cultural heritage, the maritime landscape, underwater archaeology and ship archaeology: we will talk about the definitions, the differences and the connections between the different disciplines. We will look at research, management and policy. The main focus will be on Dutch territory, but now and then examples will be used from other parts in Europe and the rest of the world.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Knowledge of the development of ship building traditions in Northwest Europe;

  • Awareness of the most important subjects of research in maritime archaeology;

  • Knowledge of the most important subjects in management and policy in maritime cultural heritage;

  • Knowledge of methods and technology in maritime archaeology (with a focus on underwater archaeology).

Mode of delivery



Participation in the discussions.

Reading list

Literature will be made available during the course.