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Material studies 1


Admission requirements



This course provides a general overview of the nature and properties of the main materials used in the past to make different objects, and the way in which the artefacts are made.
Recognising the different materials and the description of the most important technological features are central here.

Course objectives

  • Ability to distinguish between pottery, flint, stone, bone and antler;

  • Knowledge of the properties of different materials;

  • Knowledge of the main production processes of pottery, flint, stone, building materials, bone, horn, textile, metal and glass.


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

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Excursion.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

Assessment method

2 written multiple choice exams, 1 at the end of block 1, the other at the end of block 2 (both 50% of the final grade for the lecture).

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

Reading list

  • H. Hodges, Artifacts. An Introduction to Early Materials and Technology. London. (1964, with reprints). Chapters 1-12 (book to be purchased);

  • Syllabus;

  • PowerPoint presentations about the lecture content.


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


For more information about this course, please contact mw. prof. dr. A.L. van Gijn or mw. dr. J.A. Mol.


Compulsory attendance.