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Discovering the concepts of Archaeological Heritage Management


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

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

SAP and Exchange Students: BA degree. Admission only after formal application.


A series of lectures will introduce the various aspects of archaeological heritage management, its development from the end of the 18th century, its international treaties and organisations, and its contemporary ethical issues. We will look into themes such as ownership, identity, values, stakeholders, protection, management and exploitation.

The course is open to RMA-students. Although participating in the same lectures, their assignments will be different. They will write a different type of essay, in which the topic is studied in more depth, critically reviewed and new directions for research are being formulated.


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Course 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 (such as 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 integrated and holistic heritage management;

  • Insight into current debates in heritage management.

For RMA-students, in addition to the above:

  • Ability to quickly combine and assess the opinions of others on key themes;

  • Ability to critically review the significance of current research;

  • Ability to report such reviews in writing in an essay;

  • Ability to formulate innovative new directions of research.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;

  • 280 pages of literature;

  • Essay.


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

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Assignment during the course (20%);

  • Final essay (80%).
    If the final mark is 6 or higher, a retake cannot be given for separate elements of the assessment.

Assessment deadline

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

At the beginning of the course, students are expected to have read R. Skeates, Debating the Archaeological Heritage. London: Duckworth (2000);

Further reading will be required from G. Fairclough, R. Harrison, J.H. Jameson Jnr & J. Schofield (eds), The Heritage Reader. New York: Routledge (2008).


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

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

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 mw. dr. M.H. van den Dries.