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Advanced Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage Management


Admission requirements

Admission to the Research Master Archaeology programme.


This course focuses on the management of maritime and underwater cultural heritage. In other words: the place the historical relationship between humans and water plays, and how we deal with this in our present-day society.

How can we use archaeology and maritime and underwater cultural heritage and heritage management in our daily lives? How do we value this heritage? How diverse is this view on this heritage? How do we deal with contested maritime heritage? How can we make sure that archaeology and cultural heritage find their place in area development? How do we tackle heritage management?

Set-up of the course

  • Introduction

  • Maritime and underwater cultural resources

  • Value and significance

  • Ethics, policies and law: How to protect our underwater cultural resource

  • Management of the maritime and underwater cultural resource

  • Role play preparations & excursion

  • Role play

Course objectives

  • Introducing a maritime view to our past for both specialists and non-specialists;

  • Ability to distinguish different disciplines in maritime cultural heritage management and the ability to apply archaeological theories and methods in this broader multidisciplinary academic framework;

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the main elements and perspectives in management and policy in maritime cultural heritage, and the ability to combine these in a confident way in one's own research;

  • Ability to develop original and creative ideas for maritime cultural heritage management;

  • Learn about stakeholder involvement in maritime heritage management and practise the ability to function in an academic network or team;

  • Ability of taking and giving criticism in a constructive way and where necessary to revise one's own perspective;

  • Ability to discuss the developments, topics and ethical and social issues related to underwater cultural heritage in a critical and constructive way and from an international perspective.


Course schedule details can be found in the RMA and RMSc time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Individual assignment;

  • Group assignment;

  • Personal feedback;

  • Role play;

  • Excursion.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 14 hours of lectures/tutorials (1 ec);

  • Assignments (2 ec);

  • Literature (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • Written exam (50%);

  • Assignments and role play (50%).

A 5.5 or higher needs to be obtained for the assignments (50%). Only the written exam can be retaken.

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

Reading list

The reading list will be published on BlackBoard.


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 dr. M.R. (Martijn) Manders.


Compulsory attendance. Students can miss max. 1 class, but not the role play class!