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History of Construction and Heritage


Admission requirements

BA degree in Archaeology or other relevant discipline obtained.


This practical lecture series starts with the basics of construction history, ‘Standing up Archaeology’.
Four tutorials will deal with:

  1. Stone and brick (types, bonds, ages, finishing).
  2. Timber (types, marks, walls, floors, ceilings and roofs).
  3. Foundation and windows.
  4. Heritage and restoration.

Subsequently, there will be two practical exercises, in which will be explained how to make a documentation and description of one element of an existing building.

Course objectives

Using the element mentioned before and placing it in a functional and historical context will result in a final paper to be delivered in May.


Course schedule details can be found in the MA and MSc time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Tutorials;

  • Student presentations.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 28 hours of lectures and tutorials (2 ec);

  • 140 pages of literature (1 ec);

  • Midterm exam and final paper (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • Midterm essay (50%);

  • Final paper (50%).

The essay needs to be at least a 5.5: no compensation is allowed.

A retake is only possible for the final essay, but only if all other requirements have been met.

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

Reading list

  • To be composed individually;

  • For Dutch students: R. Stenvert & G. van Tussenbroek, Inleiding in de Bouwhistorie. Utrecht: Matrijs (2012).


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.

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 Contractstudents is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).


For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. ing. D.J. de Vries.


Compulsory attendance.