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Research seminar: The archaeology of a Byzantine city


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Admission to the RMA-programme.


Organised around ongoing research of the Near Eastern/Mediterranean staff, this course will present you with earlier excavated as well as with recently excavated evidence (especially ceramics) from Byzantine cities (e.g. Athens and Ephesus) in the post-Classical era.
One of the key aspects to work on is, for instance, the Byzantine city as consumption centre.

The course will take you into the practicalities of research, including data collection, methodology, interpretation of the available archaeological record, and ultimately the preparation of a publication.

Course objectives

  • Obtaining knowledge of the period, region, material culture, research problems, relevant literature, current debates and approaches concerning the theme of research;

  • Ability to critically assess current research and literature and to voice one’s well-argumented opinion concerning these;

  • Ability to process archaeological data and, if possible, to apply relevant theoretical models;

  • Ability to present original research in an academic manner.

h3.Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures (1 ects);

  • Written assignments (2,000 words) (1 ects);

  • 140 pages of literature (1 ects);

  • 24,5 days of research (7 ects).


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

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Reading of relevant books/articles;

  • Individual assignments;

  • Discussion on the basis of these assignments;

  • Preparation of joint report.

Assessment method

  • Active participation in class discussions and reading of assigned literature (20%);

  • Individual and joint research (40%);

  • Quality of written assignments on the basis of research (40%).

Assessment deadline

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

Reading list

The reading list will be distributed prior to the beginning of the course.


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. dr. J.A.C. Vroom.