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Current issues in urban archaeology


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

BA degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or other relevant discipline.


The aim of this course is to examine primary source material, both archaeological and historical: data reports, programmes of requirements and public presentations. By actively dealing with the raw material the research themes addressed in the previous course will be connected with practical infrastructure of the archaeological field.
An example of an assignment topic would be to what extent do Malta-reports deliver useful and useable information?

Short background: The absence of an external quality assurance and review system has led some to doubt the quality of the reports that are written under the aegis of Malta dictated archaeological rescue. A way to find out is to read them carefully and critically review the data.
Choose an important and frequently found archaeological structure or feature, such as houses, cesspits, wells or elevations layers; select a number of relevant reports and try to extract from them the main characteristics of your structure. To what extent are the available data useable and what is your view about their quality?

Course objectives

  • Ability to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the current issues and to critically judge the literature (monographs, articles and Malta-reports);

  • Ability to process archaeological research data into accessible information which can be interpreted;

  • Ability to find relevant literature;

  • Ability to present and write an argument in a proper way and give evidence of an accurate and academic approach of an archaeological issue.


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

Mode of instruction

The student will get an assignment to research a particular topic. The results will be presented to the group and submitted via Blackboard. Attendance and active participation are necessary and will affect your final mark.

Assessment method

  • Participation in class;

  • Presentation;

  • A small number of written assignments submitted via Blackboard.

Reading list

The literature is related to the written assignments and will be announced during the course.


Register for this course via uSis.
Instructions for registration can be found in the uSis manual.

Contractonderwijs: all information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact dr R.M.R. van Oosten.