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People’s diets provide a large source of information about their way of life. The availability of food does not always determine a population’s diet; cultural traditions can play a role as well. Changes in diet may indicate changes in people’s surroundings, or cultural developments.

This course will delve into the many methods used to determine palaeodiet, and it will present dietary data from different time periods and regions.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of (palaeo)diet reconstruction methods and their applications;

  • Acquaintance with the many aspects of palaeodiet;

  • Acquaintance with the theories regarding the role of diet in human evolution.


Course schedule details can be found in the bachelor 3 time schedule.

Mode of instruction


Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7 × 2 hours of lectures (1 ects);

  • Ca. 240 pages of literature (2 ects);

  • Paper (2 ects).

Assessment method

Paper on one of the techniques addressed in the cast studies, including finding additional literature.

Reading list

The reading list will be distributed during class.


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

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

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 prof. dr. M. van Kolfschoten.