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Maritime Archaeology, Culture and Landscapes: Research, Protection, and their Role in Identity (Building)


Admission requirements

This is a seminar with a limited amount of participants (20 students), for Archaeology students exclusively.


This seminar will introduce the students to the definitions used in maritime archaeology and cultural heritage management.
By taking students to an area with multiple maritime components, we will dissect the landscape, its culture and the role it plays in the identity of the people living there. Under the guidance of the lecturer and (a) local experts, students will do the full assessment of the area by themselves.

Lectures will prepare you each day for the fieldwork to come and organised discussion will help you to develop your plans, and to get a better insight in the area. Each day certain elements of the area will be investigated: the archaeological sites, museum collection, built heritage and landscapes will all be looked at in the context of the maritimity of the area.

The students and lecturer will have a meeting prior to the field trip. The meeting (approximately one month prior to the trip) will reveal the field trip's destination and what will be examined. Also, instructions will be given on what should be done to prepare for the trip.
After the fieldtrip there will be time (one month) to prepare the last version of the report. The second half-day meeting will be scheduled approximately 2 weeks after the trip.

Course set-up

  • Half-day preparatory meeting prior to excursion;

  • 6 days abroad;

  • Half-day meeting for review and discussions.

Course objectives

  • Learning about definitions in maritime archaeology, maritime landscapes and cultural heritage management;

  • Learning about taking the maritime perspective;

  • Learning how to dissect the (cultural) landscape;

  • Learning how to manage a maritime cultural landscape;

  • Learning to work together in making one product;

  • Learning about one certain selected area.


Course schedule details can be found in the BA2 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Tutorial;

  • Field trip;

  • Hands-on practical sessions.

Course load

  • 250 pages of literature (0,5 ec);

  • Field trip (including lectures), 7 days (2,5 ec);

  • Preparing a report (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • One joint final report made up of different elements that are being assigned to the students.

The assessment will be based on the activities during the trip, level of co-operation, and on the basis of the report (mainly) of which each student has to write a part.

All exam dates (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the BA2 examination schedule.

Reading list

The reading list will be announced prior to the field trip.


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.

  • Start registration for the BA2 seminars:
    Series 1: 14 September 2020, 07:00 hrs
    Series 2: 11 January 2021, 07:00 hrs
    Series 3: 22 February 2021, 07:00 hrs

  • 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 (100%);

  • The field trip will take up 6 days.