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Research internship: The transformation of the Roman World


Admission requirements

Admission to the RMA Archaeology programme.


The current research into the transformation of the Roman world at Leiden University offers a wide choice of internships. It is possible to study material from both North-Western Europe and the Mediterranean.

Possibilities on offer are:

  • contributing to the study of the material culture of Merovingian cemeteries in North-Western Europe

  • working on material culture from settlements from the Merovingian and Carolingian period

  • working on material from sites in the Mediterranean

  • creating overviews of specific types of material over large areas (to contribute to the analyses of exchange)

  • take part in excavations related to the topic by Leiden University or another institution.

It is also possible to do an internship outside Leiden University after consultation and agreement of the track leader, prof. dr. F. Theuws.

Course objectives

Learning how to:

  • conduct research;

  • set up research;

  • write research reports;

  • set up and supervise fieldwork;

  • place research results in a wider international perspective;

  • plan and direct parts of an excavation.

Mode of instruction


Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • Planning (0,5 ec);

  • Internship (3 ec);

  • Evaluation report (1,5 ec).

Assessment method

  • Essay (with catalogue of studied material when relevant) including a report on the internship (70%);

  • Motivation and work attitude (to be assessed by the (external) supervisor) (20%);

  • Quality of the internship proposal (10%).

The evaluation report should be submitted 3 weeks after the internship.

Reading list

To be handed out during class.


Registration for the course or the exam is not required.


For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. F.C.W.J. Theuws.