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Excursion to the towns of the North Adriatic


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Admission to the RMA-programme.


One of the attractions of the study of the RMA-programme The Transformation of the Roman World is that much of the archaeology related to the topic is still visible and located in attractive places. Every 2 years an excursion will be organised to a region where it is possible to experience the Transformation of the Roman World. We will visit important sites but also institutions and scholars dealing with the subject in that region.

The focus of the excursion and its aim is to place the developments in the region visited in the context of a ‘global’ transformation of the Roman world. Students learn to relate micro- and macro-histories and the concepts needed for such work. The students have a central role in organising and preparing the excursion. This is an important element of their training in dealing with projects and international contacts.
Apart from the organisation of the excursion the students will prepare a number of papers, plans and images that form the contents of an excursion guide. They will also give presentations on different aspects of the excursion, such as specific sites or the larger context. Each student will write a daily report on one of the excursion days.

In 2015 we will visit the northern Adriatic region that served as an important contact zone between the Mediterranean and the northern (transalpine) world.
The excursion will take place in the first week of May, and will take about 7 days. Places to be visited are: Grado, Aquileia, Venice, Comacchio, Ravenna (2 days?) and others.
You can finance the excursion to some extent with the grant from the Faculty of Archaeology (€ 400), available for every RMA student. Travel expenses will be kept as low as possible.

Course objectives

The course will contribute to the qualifications of a Research Master as formulated by the Faculty of Archaeology, see the document provided on Blackboard. We will discuss this in the first meeting.

The main course objectives are:
Developing and gaining

  • the ability of critical assessment of current research;

  • advanced knowledge of material culture of the late Roman and early medieval periods;

  • skills in ‘reading’ and interpreting archaeological remains (buildings, site locations) in the field;

  • knowledge on international differentiated research traditions;

  • skills in presentation of research (writing and presentation);

  • team-work skills;

  • skills in project management.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:


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

Mode of instruction

Seminar, in which the results of group members will be presented and discussed.

Assessment method

  • Presentation of part of the research;

  • Written papers by individual or groups of students;

  • Participation in research and discussions.

Assessment deadline

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

Reading list

A reading list will be provided at the start of the course.


Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. F.C.W.J. Theuws.