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Archaeology (MSc): Palaeoecology

Palaeoecology focuses on a variety of palaeo-zoological and palaeo-botanical topics, ranging in age from the Palaeolithic to historical periods.
The programme revolves around palaeo-environmental or palaeo-economical questions as well as evolutionary aspects of faunal or floral communities, and the evolution of species. In the department’s specialised laboratories, small and large mammals are studied, as well as pollen and plant macro remains.
Apart from practical work, relevant excursions and fieldwork, a large part of the programme is intended for writing the thesis. In this thesis, the results of practical investigations are presented, combined with literature studies. During the programme, you are confronted with the application of aDNA and isotope studies in the field of palaeo-zoological and palaeo-botanical research. The regular programme is supplemented with lectures by guest speakers, including international speakers.

Please note: if you want to take this MSc as a second specialisation, you will be invited for a compulsory advisory interview before the start of the programme.

Dr. M.H. (Mike) Field
Prof. dr. M. (Thijs) van Kolfschoten