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Archaeology: MA Global Archaeology

In the Global Archaeology specialisation you study key developments in past societies that have shaped global history from comparative and regional perspectives.
Investigate major transitions in history from the origins of our species to the emergence of capitalism in diverse regions including the Near East, the Mediterranean, Europe and the Americas.

Global Archaeology

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

General part

Archaeological Theory: How Materials Shaped The Human World 5

Career profile

The Human Planet: How and Why We Began to Shape the Earth System 5
The Human Planet: How Deep History Shaped the Human World 5
The Human Planet: How Globalisation Shaped the Human World 5
Master Thesis Global Archaeology 20

Choose any 2 focus area courses (see 'Focus area courses' tab above) (2 x 5 ec)

Choose 2 elective courses (see 'Electives' tab above) (2 x 5 ec)

Focus area courses

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2


Key Developments in European Prehistory 5
Urban Archaeology 5
Hunter-gatherer Archaeology 5

The Near East

Neolithisation in the Near East 5
The Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire 5

The Mediterranean

The Archaeology of Early Roman Imperialism 5
Current Issues in the Archaeology of the Frontier Regions of the Roman Empire 5
A Global Revolution? Change and Innovation in Afro-Eurasia in the Hellenistic and Roman Period (250 BC – AD 250) 5
Archaeology of the Crusades 5

The Americas

Peoples, Ideas, And Resources On The Move In The Pre-Colonial And Early Colonial Caribbean and Amazonia 5
Current Issues in the Archaeology of the Americas 5


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Underwater Archaeology and Maritime Landscapes 5
History of Construction and Heritage 5
Master Internship: Global Archaeology 5

or: free choice from the rest of the focus area courses

or: free choice from the other profiles, or programmes outside Archaeology (after approval of Board of Examiners)