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Field school 2



Bachelor year 2.

Admission requirements

Field school 1 and at least 45 ec of the BA1 Archaeology programme obtained.

For non-Leiden students: equivalent (basic) level in archaeological excavation techniques.


Field School 2 offers an advanced level of fieldwork skills. During the field school, practical skills are practised in the field. These skills include excavation, surveying, drilling and the related field recording techniques. All Faculty field projects are part of Field School 2, but you are allowed to go to a field project that is organised by another organisation. However, you should ask the specific region coordinator permission in advance (more than 6 weeks before the internship starts).

You can choose any of the available Faculty field projects, but you should make sure that the skills practised, together show sufficient diversity of type and level of skills. These acquired skills can be enhanced by developing them even further during the internship in the BA3.

In order to obtain the 10 ec, you need to participate in 2 different projects of 17 days/5 ec each. The first project should be an excavation/fieldwork, the other project can be spent on a different area of work, such as a laboratory or museum.
Fieldwork that lasts longer than 17 days is only counted as 5 ec, the remaining ec will be stated on the diploma as extra-curricular.

For more information about the individual projects of Field School 2, please contact the region coordinators directly – they can advise you in detail about regional fieldwork and will mark the individual reports.
The general internship coordinator, Richard Jansen, can advise you on the rules and regulations.
Enrol yourself in the BlackBoard module to stay informed about internship positions on offer.

Fieldwork is allowed only outside the teaching schedules.

Region coordinators:

Course objectives

  • To deepen practical archaeological skills in which working in a team context is also important;

  • Insight into the relationship between the research question and the field method chosen;

  • To gain experience (under supervision) in the methodical description and critical analysis of information such as finds, traces and spatial details where answering the research question has priority;

  • To gain insight into and experience with various forms of preparation and conduct of field research, including an adequate familiarity with the organisational, legal, logistical, social and administrative aspects;

  • Knowledge of and insight into the various archaeological methods and techniques and to know under what circumstances and with what purpose these can be applied;

  • To report on all this in accordance with the stated requirements in a placement report;

  • Knowledge of the historical and theoretical context of the research.

Mode of instruction

Practical work in the field.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 3.5 weeks of fieldwork;

  • Report in which framework, data and analyses are accounted for.

Assessment method

Sufficient level of acquired practical skills and a field report that complies with the Faculty standards of field reports (see website).
A daily report of each field day must be added to the appendix of the field report.

Please note that a signed fieldwork agreement form must be handed in before the start of the project. For detailed information about this agreement and all matters concerning fieldwork and placements, please see the Field school and Internships Regulations on our website, or contact the region coordinator.

Deadline for the field report: 6 weeks after the last field day.

Fieldwork is allowed only outside the teaching schedules.
A retake is only possible for the report and only if all other requirements, including handing in the report before the deadline, are met.

Reading list

Depends on the project.


Registration via uSis is mandatory.

  • The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).

  • BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.

  • The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.

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 R. (Richard) Jansen.


  • Compulsory attendance;

  • This course will be taught in both Dutch and English.