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Research Seminar: The Deep History of European Societies


Admission requirements

Admission to the Research Master Archaeology programme.


The seminar is organised around ongoing research of the staff members. It involves reading and discussion, often in combination with PhD candidates and guest lecturers.
You carry out a research assignment that is related to ongoing research projects. The seminars generally start in block 2 and the research project ends in block 3.

Apart from writing a research paper, you present your results in a joint meeting with research master students and members of staff.

Set-up of the course

Weekly meetings in which the topic is introduced. Students are assigned a specific research topic. We convene weekly to discuss progress of their research, present midterm results and discuss relevant new literature.

Course objectives

  • Detailed knowledge of the period, region, research problems, recent literature and current issues under consideration;

  • Knowledge of and insight in setting up, structuring and executing academic research projects;

  • Insight in how high-ranking research is conducted;

  • Critical assessment of current research with respect to applicability and background;

  • Ability to voice one’s well-argumented opinion on these topics;

  • Ability to design and conduct research;

  • Generation of new knowledge;

  • Insight in the applicability of theoretical models on data;

  • Oral presentation of research;

  • Development of well-argumented texts on research;

  • Critical and constructive review of one‘s own research and that of fellow students.


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

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar;

  • Weekly meetings including discussions;

  • Student presentations;

  • Feedback sessions.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

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

  • 240 pages of literature (2 ec);

  • Research essay of 8,000 words (4,5 ec);

  • Data collection, data exploration and analysis, making figures, charts, maps and tables (1.5 ec).

Assessment method

  • Discussion (30%);

  • Research papers (60%);

  • Presentations (10%).

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 prof. dr. D.R. (David) Fontijn.


Compulsory attendance.