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Landscape Dynamics 2


Admission requirements



This course is an introduction in the rudiments of environment-construction, in which attention will be paid to the factors climate, substrate, vegetation and fauna.
It also provides an introduction in several basic definitions of the ecology, in which amongst others the terms habitat, niche and territory will be treated, as well as their application in archaeology.

Course objectives

  • To introduce the discipline of ecology including basic terminology and concepts;

  • To examine theories that explain how climate has, is and will continue to fluctuate;

  • To gain knowledge of the methods and techniques used to reconstruct palaeo-environment including palaeo-climate;

  • To investigate deep-sea, ice-core and terrestrial records for evidence of past environmental and climatic change;

  • To look at how environmental and climatic change has influenced Man’s activity in the past;

  • To apply what has been introduced in an archaeological setting with a case-study;

  • To think about how Man’s activity will alter climate in the future.


Course schedule details can be found in the BA1 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Literature.

Due to COVID-19 measures in place, the mode of instruction may change.

Course load

  • 6 x 2 hours of lectures (1 ec);

  • 6 x 2 hours of tutorials/practicals (1 ec);

  • 350 pages of literature (2 ec);

  • In-class assignments and discussion (1 ec).

Assessment method

  • Written exam (100%).

Exams are scheduled according to the BA1 examination schedule.
Individual deadlines of assignments can be found on Brightspace.

Reading list

Robert Christopherson, Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography, Global Edition.


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.

All information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).


For more information about this course, please contact dr. H.J. (Harm Jan) Pierik.


Compulsory attendance.