This specialisation is part of the Master’s programme Archaeology.
Ecological Studies focuses on a variety of palaeo-zoological and palaeo-botanical topics, ranging in age from the Palaeolithic to the historical periods. The study focuses on palaeo-environmental or palaeo-economical questions as well as on evolutionary aspects of faunal or floral communities or the evolution of species.
Apart from practical work, relevant excursions and fieldwork, a major part of the programme is intended for writing the master’s thesis. In this thesis, the results of practical investigations are presented, combined with literature studies. During the programme, students will be confronted with the application of aDNA and isotope studies in the field of palaeo-zoological and paleo-botanical research. The regular programme is supplemented with lectures by (international) guest speakers.
Staff: prof. dr. Thijs van Kolfschoten, dr. Mike Field.