Archaeology Today

Digital and Science Paths in Archaeology

Archaeology Today

Archaeology Today offers an overview of cutting-edge and up-to-date archaeology in courses such as What is Archaeology?, Science in Archaeology and Archaeology and Society. You can choose a ‘digital path’ with Digital Archaeology and Advanced Digital Archaeology, or a ‘science path’ with Environmental Archaeology and the Anthropocene and Human Bones in Forensic Archaeology.

What is Archaeology?
This course introduces you an introduction to key concepts and practical approaches in archaeology. You will become acquainted with the nature, aims and research objectives of modern-day archaeology, and you will also gain an insight into the history of archaeology as an academic discipline.

Science in Archaeology 2
The aim is to acquire basic knowledge of a range of science-based methods which are being applied and relevant to archaeological research. An introduction and basic instruction into the variable methodology of Science Archaeology will be presented.

Archaeology and Society
This course aims to provide the basis for a critical assessment of the role of archaeology in contemporary society. You will learn how archaeological questions and research strategies are influenced by modern ideological, political and ethical concerns.

Digital Archaeology
An overview is offered of the position and application of the most essential digital and quantitative methods and techniques in archaeology, in particular GIS and 3D modelling. Furthermore, you will acquire practical skills during training sessions with group and/or individual assignments.

Advanced Digital Archaeology
An in-depth overview of the position, development and application of the most relevant digital methods in (landscape) archaeology. Course practicals are designed to develop archaeological data management and analysis skills to solve specific research questions.

Environmental Archaeology and the Anthropocene
This course covers interaction between humans and their environment in the archaeological and historical past. Next to a range of environmental specialisms between science and archaeology, you will also learn a humanities perspective, with special emphasis on the Anthropocene.

Human Bones in Forensic Archaeology
Application and interpretation of scientific methods within physical anthropology. An interdisciplinary approach to forensic archaeological research, incl. analyzing specialist literature, critical assessment of the use of science, especially when dealing with human remains and developing research questions for given archaeological burial sites.

The minor Archaeology Today is open to students from the Bachelor’s programmes History, Heritage Studies, Earth and Economics, Earth Sciences and Archaeology.

This minor is offered in collaboration between the two Amsterdam universities, VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). These institutions have clustered their knowledge and expertise in the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). All courses are taught on the UvA campus in the city centre.

More information about Admission and Registration. (Dutch: Aanmelden voor een minor).

Overview Archaeology Today




2 semesters (30 EC)


1 September


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