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Archaeological Science

Scientific methodology is an important approach in modern archaeology and it is at the heart of archaeological science. Hypotheses, data, theory, experiments, observations, as well as presentation and interpretation, are all key to our understanding of our past.

Please note that changes can be made in the programme and course descriptions until August 1st, 2019.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

General part

Scientific Methodology in Archaeology 5

Career profile, choose 1 of these 4 sets:

1) Archaeobotany and Archaeozoology:

Palaeoecology and Quaternary Stratigraphy: A Basic Introduction 5
Current Issues in Quaternary Research 5
Laboratory Work for Archaeobotany or Archaeozoology 5
Master Thesis Archaeological Science 20

2) Human Osteology:

Palaeopathology 5
Methods and Issues in Human Osteoarchaeology 5
Laboratory Work for Osteoarchaeology 5
Master Thesis Archaeological Science 20

3) Material Culture Studies:

Seminar Material Culture Studies: Crafts and Society 5
Techniques of Artefact Analysis 5
Laboratory Work for Material Culture Studies 5
Master Thesis Archaeological Science 20

4) Digital Archaeology:

Digital Applications in Archaeology: 3D GIS 5
Current Issues in Digital Archaeology 5
Laboratory Work for Digital Archaeology 5
Master Thesis Archaeological Science 20

Choose 1 of the focus area sets (see 'Focus area sets' tab above), 2 x 5 ec

Choose 2 electives from the recommended ones below, or from the 'Electives' tab above, 2 x 5 ec

SPOC Modelling and Simulation in Archaeology 5
Environmental History of the Near East 5
Forensic Archaeology 5

Focus area sets

Please note that changes can be made in the programme and course descriptions until August 1st, 2019.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Europe (choose 2)

Hunter-gatherer Archaeology 5
Current Issues in the Archaeology of the Frontier Regions of the Roman Empire 5
Key Developments in European Prehistory 5
Urban Archaeology 5

The Near East (choose 2)

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

The Mediterranean (choose 2)

The Archaeology of Early Roman Imperialism 5
Archaeology of the Crusades 5
Diversities of Doing Greek: ‘Hellenisation’ and ‘Hellenism’ in Ancient Eurasia 5

The Americas

Mobility, Interaction and Colonialism in the Americas 5
Current Issues in the Archaeology of the Americas 5

Electives

Please note that changes can be made in the programme and course descriptions until August 1st, 2019.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Block 1 (9 September - 18 October 2019)

How Deep History Shaped the Human World 5
The Archaeology of Early Roman Imperialism 5
Mobility, Interaction and Colonialism in the Americas 5
Hunter-gatherer Archaeology 5
Seminar Material Culture Studies: Crafts and Society 5
Digital Applications in Archaeology: 3D GIS 5
Palaeoecology and Quaternary Stratigraphy: A Basic Introduction 5
Palaeopathology 5
Current Issues in the Archaeology of the Frontier Regions of the Roman Empire 5

Block 2 (28 October - 13 December 2019)

Neolithisation in the Near East 5
Archaeology of the Crusades 5

Block 3 (3 February - 20 March 2020)

Key Developments in European Prehistory 5
Urban Archaeology 5
Diversities of Doing Greek: ‘Hellenisation’ and ‘Hellenism’ in Ancient Eurasia 5
The Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire 5
Current Issues in the Archaeology of the Americas 5
Current Issues in Digital Archaeology 5
Current Issues in Quaternary Research 5
Methods and Issues in Human Osteoarchaeology 5
History of Construction and Heritage 5

Block 4 (30 March - 15 May 2020)

Techniques of Artefact Analysis 5