Archaeological research makes large-scale use of methods applied in natural sciences. In the specialisation Bioarchaeology, the focus is on the natural science elements of archaeology, in particular botany, archaeozoology and human osteology.
During the programme, working with material from an archaeological context is central, using comparative collections. The first part (BA2) of the study programme is the same for all students of this specialisation. This constitutes a broad introduction, which includes artefact analysis and landscape in the subjects experimental archaeology and quaternary geology and soil science of the Netherlands.
In the second part (BA3), you choose a biological accent: zoology, botany or human osteology. Within this second part, you conduct your own research, which forms the foundation for the concluding Bachelor thesis. This specialisation prepares for the Master specialisation Material Culture Studies and the research master Bioarchaeology.
After the Bachelor, you can specialise further in the Graduate School (MA/RMA) in the Master specialisations Material Culture Studies, Palaeoecology, Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology and the Research Master Bioarchaeology.