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Research Internship: Prehistoric Farming Communities


Admission requirements

  • Admission to the RMA Archaeology programme;

  • Key Developments in European Prehistory and Disruptive innovations in Prehistory obtained.


The European Prehistory department organises different kinds of fieldwork and is working on several research projects. You can participate in most of these projects in several ways.

The options for fieldwork internships are:

  • The Veluwe: surveys and excavation of burial mounds, supervised by Q. Bourgeois and D. Fontijn.

  • Szazhalombatta (Hungary): excavation of a Bronze Age tell, organised in combination with the Universities of Southampton and Cambridge, supervised by prof. dr. M.L.S. Sørensen and dr. M. Kuijpers.

You can participate in these fieldwork projects by writing a research plan, carrying out ca. 3 weeks of fieldwork and writing a reflective report. The internship can also involve post-excavation research or research in the framework of one of the research programmes of the staff members.

RMA-students following this module have to write a contextual chapter that places the internship research in a wider (international) perspective. You also participate in planning and in supervising BA and MA students (at excavations).

Course objectives

  • Learning how to conduct research;

  • Learning how to set up research;

  • Learning how to write research reports;

  • Learning how to set up and supervise field work;

  • RMA-students learn how to place research results in a wider international perspective;

  • RMA-students learn how to plan and direct parts of an excavation.


To be determined individually.

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

  • Internship assessment by the supervisor (70%);

  • Evaluation report (30%).

A retake consists of the improvement of the evaluation report within 3 weeks after first submission, but only if all other requirements have been met.

The evaluation report needs to be handed in within 6 weeks after the end of the internship.

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

Reading list

To be announced.


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 prof. dr. H. (Harry) Fokkens.


Compulsory attendance.