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Mobility and exchange in Ancient America 2


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

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


This course focuses on the concepts of mobility and exchange, taking its lead from the department’s NWO-funded projects in the Caribbean region. The central domain of study is the interaction networks evinced by the pre-Columbian inhabitants of the insular Caribbean. Topics related to the material, social and ideological dimensions of these networks will be broached using archaeological, anthropological and archaeometrical theories and methodologies. Students are expected to focus on their own area of research for presentation and paper.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of current research and debates of the interaction networks of the insular Caribbean;

  • Exercise research skills for in-depth interpretation of archaeological data in terms of economic and other interactions between Native American peoples;

  • Ability to critically assess current research and literature and voice one’s properly argumented opinion;

  • Ability to choose a research topic, find relevant literature and present this via a PowerPoint presentation, and ability to handle a stimulating discussion afterwards;

  • Ability to write a paper on one’s research topic, with expression of a critical assessment of the literature and one’s own properly argumented opinion, making use of the feedback received with the presentation.


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

Mode of instruction

Seminar: presentations by members of the Caribbean Research Group and students will be enriched by discussion of current issues drawn from recent literature. The multi-focal and multi-vocal course design will result in a more comprehensive overview of the layered concept of mobility and exchange.

Assessment method

  • Active participation;

  • Quality of presentation;

  • Discussion points;

  • Paper.

Reading list

To be announced.


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

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact mw prof. dr C.L. Hofman.