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Material Studies 1: Practical


Admission requirements

Following lectures of Material studies 1.


Practical session accompanying Material studies 1.

During the practical sessions, students do several exercises relating to the identification of raw materials (for example, identifying different rocks), recognise and analyse traces of production and describe the main morphological properties, particularly of flint tools and pottery.

Course objectives

  • Ability to recognise different materials and categorise them in the main categories, such as determining natural stone by main type;

  • Knowledge of the properties of pottery, metal, stone, flint, wood, textiles, bone and horn by means of exercises;

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

  • Ability to provide a basic morphological description of pottery and flint.


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

Mode of instruction


Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 42 hours of practical sessions.

Assessment method

Assignments and tests during the practical session.
The 2 assessments take place at the end of each block and each counts for 50% of the final grade.

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.