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Material Culture



Bachelor year 2.

Admission requirements

Archaeology BA1 course Material Studies.


In this course you will learn to research and analyse different types of material culture. Firstly, theoretical perspectives on what constitutes material culture will be discussed. Why do archaeologists study material culture, and what does it tell us of the people who created that material culture? Secondly, you will learn how archaeologists and which methods archaeologists use on different types of material in order to answer these questions.

For this course you will work with real archaeological material, mostly from Dutch excavations, and apply the concepts and techniques learned during the lectures. You will acquire the skills to analyse the finds and write a basic technological and morphological report.

Set-up of the course:
Each course day will consist of lectures in the morning, followed by practical sessions in the afternoon.

Course objectives

  • Insight in broad theoretical concepts on material culture;

  • Knowledge of widely used methods in analysing material culture;

  • Ability to identify and analyse the most common archaeological finds from excavations and surveys;

  • Learn to report your analysis on a variety of find categories in a written report.


Course schedule details can be found in the BA2 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Assignments;

  • Practicals.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 12 hours of lectures;

  • 20 hours of practical sessions and assignments;

  • 250 pages of literature;

  • Written assignment (ca. 1,500 words).

Assessment method

  • Written exam with open (essay) questions, based on the contents of the lectures and literature (80%);

  • Written assignment (ca. 1,500 words) based on a practical test, which will be handed in at a later stage (20%).

All exam dates (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the BA2 examination schedule.

Reading list

To be published on BlackBoard 2 weeks before the start of the course.


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.


For more information about this course, please contact drs. M. (Martina) Revello Lami.


Compulsory attendance.