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History of construction and heritage


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements



This practical course is meant to get started with the basics of construction history, ‘Standing up Archaeology’. There will be 4 tutorials about

  • stone and brick (types, bonds, ages, finishing);

  • timber (types, marks, walls, floors, ceilings and roofs);

  • foundation and windows;

  • heritage and restoration.
    There will also be 2 practical exercises, to start with an explanation about how to make a documentation and description by yourself, choosing one element of an existing building.

Course objectives

Using the elements mentioned above and placing it in a functional and historical context will result in a final paper to be delivered in January.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures (1 ects);

  • literature (4 ects).


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

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture;

  • Tutorial.

Assessment method

  • Presentation;

  • Paper.

Assessment deadline

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

Reading list

  • To be composed individually;

  • For Dutch students: R. Stenvert & G. van Tussenbroek, _Inleiding in de bouwhistorie. Utrecht: Matrijs (2012).


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 Contractstudents is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. ing. D.J. de Vries.