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Archaeology: MA Applied Archaeology

This specialisation is a collaboration of Leiden University and Saxion University of Applied Sciences.

Applied Archaeology will teach you:

  • How to execute critical and reflective research in a professional context;

  • To develop a sense of how archaeology and heritage management are intertwined;

  • How to apply prospective and excavation methods and give professional advice on the results of (prospective) research;

  • To take into account the academic, societal, ethical and financial considerations of a project;

  • How to present archaeological information to a variety of stakeholders;

  • The best ways to contribute to societal debates and to the future of archaeology.

Applied Archaeology

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

General part

Archaeological Theory 5

Career profile

Current Issues in Applied Archaeology 5
Prospective Archaeology 5
Landscape Heritage: Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development in Past and Present 5
Graduation Project Applied 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


Approaches to the Built Environment and Cultural Landscapes: Methods and Theory 5
Hunter-gatherer Archaeology 5


Area Specialisation Europe 10
Key Developments in European Prehistory 5

The Near East

Neolithisation in West Asia 5
Area Specialisation Eastern Mediterranean and West Asia 10
The Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire 5

The Mediterranean

Current Issues in the Archaeology of the Frontier Regions of the Roman Empire 5
The Archaeology of the Greek Mediterranean 5
The Archaeology of Daily Life in the First Millennium CE in the Mediterranean 5

The Americas

Climate Change, Archaeology and Heritage at Risk in the Caribbean and Coastal Americas 5
Current Issues in the Archaeology of Mesoamerica 5


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Underwater Archaeology and Maritime Landscapes 5
Data Analysis With Python 5
Master Internship Archaeology 5

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

or: free choice from the courses of the other Archaeology profiles.

or: course outside of the faculty or the university. These need to be MA courses of at least level 400 and need to be officially approved by the Board of Examiners.