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Archeologie: 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

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

General part

Archaeological Theory: How Materials Shaped The Human World 5

Career profile

Introducing Applied Archaeology 5
Master Internship: Applied Archaeology 5
Prospective Archaeology 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

Vak 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


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Underwater Archaeology and Maritime Landscapes 5
The Human Planet: How and Why We Began to Shape the Earth System 5
History of Construction and Heritage 5
The Human Planet: How Globalisation Shaped the Human World 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)