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Field school introduction


Admission requirements

Practical field techniques successfully completed.


The course Field school introduction consists of 4 lectures in which several aspects of the fieldwork will be dealt with, such as:

  • Context of fieldwork: the Dutch archaeological system, Malta convention and Dutch Archaeology Standard

  • Landscape: the development of the coastal area

  • Specific archaeological techniques

  • Safety regulations for field schools

  • Introduction to the archaeological site (period and location), depending on the selected site

Course objectives

The goal of this course is to equip students with sufficient knowledge to understand the context of the field school. The student:

  • has knowledge of and insight into how the Dutch archaeological system operates;

  • knows the academic research questions pertaining to the selected site;

  • knows how to place the excavation in a historical and archaeological context;

  • knows the safety regulations as specified in the Dutch Archaeological Quality Standards.


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:

  • 4×2 hours of lectures;

  • 200 pages of literature.

Assessment method

Written examination (multiple choice).

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

Reading list

Starting literature:

  • Reader Digging Deeper, edition 2015-2016;

  • M.H. van den Dries & S.J. van der Linde, “Twenty Years After Malta: Archaeological Heritage as a Source of Collective Memory and Scientific Study Anno 2012” (2012) in: Analecta Prehistorica Leidensia 43/44, 9 -19;

  • M.H. van den Dries & W.J.H. Willems, “Quality Management The Dutch Perspective” (2007) in: W.J.H. Willems & M.H. van den Dries (eds), Quality Management in Archaeology, 50 -65;

  • Additional literature will depend on the location of the site and will be announced via Blackboard.


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. dr. R.M.R. van Oosten.