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Research seminar: The archaeology of a Neolithic community


Admission requirements

Admission to the RMA-programme.


Organised around ongoing research of the Near Eastern staff, this course will present the student with recently excavated evidence (architecture, material culture, etc.) from a prehistoric site of the early 7th millennium BC in Syria. The course will take the student into the practicalities of research, including data collection, methodology, interpretation of the available archaeological record, and the preparation of a publication.

Course objectives

  • Detailed knowledge of the period, region, research problems, relevant literature, current debates and approaches concerning the theme of research;

  • Ability to critically assess current research and literature and to voice one’s well-argumented opinion;

  • Ability to process archaeological data and to apply relevant theoretical models;

  • Ability to present original research in an academic manner.


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

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Reading of relevant books/articles;

  • Individual assignments;

  • Discussion on the basis of these assignments;

  • Preparation of joint report.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lecture (1 ects);

  • Written assignments, 2,000 words (1 ects);

  • 140 pages of literature (1 ects);

  • 24,5 days of research (7 ects).

Assessment method

  • Active participation in class discussions (20%);

  • Reading of assigned literature (10%);

  • Individual and joint research (35%);

  • Quality of written assignments on the basis of research (35%).

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

Reading list

The reading list will be given to each student prior to the beginning of the course.


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 prof. dr. P.M.M.G. Akkermans:


Compulsory attendance.