The aim of this course is to introduce the students into the basics of archaeology and familiarize them with:
- Basic archaeological methods and techniques.
- Sites and archaeological discussions which have defined the discipline of archaeology.
- The core theories and explanatory frameworks archaeologists use to interpret material culture
- The suite of interdisciplinary tools and instruments from the exact sciences archaeologists use to reconstruct the past.
- Excavation reports and central heritage legislation.
In this introductory course students will learn the most important methods and theories that define the archaeological discipline. Drawing on a series of both Dutch and international case studies we will study how archaeologists collect and analyze archaeological data, and use the information encoded in archaeological material culture to interpret the past. Through a series of lab exercises using state-of-the art instruments, excursions and guest lectures from scientists who lead large (ongoing) archaeological projects, this course will encourage students to use data from different disciplines to make a meaningful reconstruction of the past.|
The courses in this minor are taught in English. If all students are native Dutch speakers, the course will be taught in Dutch. Students may complete their assignments, papers and tests in either Dutch or English.