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Earth sciences



Introduction in Earth Sciences, in which the theoretical concepts used in archaeology are explained (= geoarchaeology). Also, natural processes that play a role in landscape formation (geosystems) are discussed.

Course objectives

  • Basic knowledge of the theoretical principles of geoarchaeology (such as stratigraphy, soil formation, sedimentology);

  • Insight in the theoretical principles of geoarchaeology;

  • Knowledge of nomenclature of environments and landforms, ability to explain these;

  • Knowledge of landscape formation and its terminology;

  • Ability to apply the geological terminology in a correct way.


Course schedule details can be found in the propedeuse/first year time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Weekly assignments on BlackBoard.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;

  • 200 pages of literature;

  • Assignments.

Assessment method

Written examination with essay-type questions.

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

Reading list

R.W. Christopherson & G.H. Birkeland, Geosystems. An Introduction to Physical Geography. 9th edition (2014). ISBN 978-1-292-05775-0.


Registration for the course is not necessary, registration for the exam is mandatory. For instructions, see the Registration in uSis page.

Registration ‘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).


For more information about this course, please contact mw. dr. J.A. Mol.