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Archaeology: Archaeological Heritage and Museum Studies

This MA specialisation offers 3 foci, see the tabs below:

  • Heritage Management in a World Context
  • Museum Studies
  • Heritage of Indigenous Peoples

Heritage Management in a World Context

In this focus you will trace the roots and development of archaeological heritage management, on land and under water. You will learn about current and ethical issues and you will experience some of these in daily practice. Attention will be paid to international treaties and organisations and issues such as ownership, values, stakeholders, repatriation, looting, and commercial archaeology.

Contemporary dilemmas of archaeological heritage management will also be addressed in depth. They relate to subjects such as public archaeology, site management, and heritage protection in conflict zones. You will meet challenging guest lecturers, with whom you can discuss the issues and dilemmas that heritage managers face. Working with professional heritage managers will give you the ideal opportunity to enhance your network.

Staff:
Dr. Monique van den Dries

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

General part

Methods and theory 5
Fieldwork / Internship 5
Master thesis archaeology 20
Master thesis tutorial 0

Focus 1: Heritage Management in a World Context

Discovering the concepts of Archaeological Heritage Management 5
Exploring the dilemmas of Archaeological Heritage Management 5

Focus 2

Focus 2 10

Electives

Elective courses 10

Museum Studies

This focus offers you the opportunity to explore a range of different approaches and issues in cultural politics and cultural theory as relevant to modern museum practices. Museum Studies in Leiden is especially attractive because of the long-standing traditions in academic and museum work.

Three large national museums (the Museum of Antiquities, the Museum of National History, and the Museum of Ethnology) were founded in Leiden at the beginning of the 19th century. Museum practices and academic research have always been closely related. Many research programmes involve both researchers from the university as well as researchers from the Leiden museums.
In addition, these museums have been more and more involved in ethical issues concerning ownership and mobility of collections and politics of museums and collecting. The unique combination of practical experience and high-quality academic research offers you a dynamic, contemporary environment in a 200-year tradition.

Staff:
Prof. dr. Ruurd Halbertsma
Prof. dr. Pieter ter Keurs
Dr. Laura van Broekhoven
Dr. Mariana Françozo

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

General part

Methods and theory 5
Fieldwork / Internship 5
Master thesis archaeology 20
Master thesis tutorial 0

Focus 1: Museum Studies

Museum history 5
Critical museology 5

Focus 2

Focus 2 10

Electives

Elective courses 10

Heritage of Indigenous Peoples

In many parts of the world archaeologists and anthropologists encounter diverse forms of cultural continuity: descendant communities maintain and cultivate traditional knowledge, religious ideas and customs that go back to ancient times.
This living heritage offers valuable opportunities for innovative research: for example, it may throw light on the meaning and function of archaeological artefacts and monuments. Simultaneously, the connection between past and present stimulates historical consciousness, memory and identity, and as such may be a valuable asset in educative and developmental projects.

The focus Heritage of Indigenous Peoples offers theoretical and practical orientations of how to work with local communities and to conduct fruitful archaeological and anthropological research, including museum and heritage projects, in this challenging context.
Staff expertise in this matter includes long-term and collective research projects among (and with) indigenous peoples in the Americas. Interesting opportunities for students to participate in research and obtain field experience are offered by the on-going staff projects in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Amazonia and the Andes, as well as through collaboration with colleagues who work in other parts of the world (Asia, the Near East and Africa).

Staff
Prof. dr. Maarten Jansen
Dr. Araceli Rojas
Dr. Laura van Broekhoven
Dr. Marlena Antczak
Dr. Jimmy Mans
Dr. Alex Geurds
Dr. Mariana Françozo

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

General part

Methods and theory 5
Fieldwork / Internship 5
Master thesis archaeology 20
Master thesis tutorial 0

Focus 1: Heritage of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous values and cultural interaction 5
Heritage projects and community engagement 5

Focus 2

Focus 2 10

Electives

Elective courses 10