Material Culture Studies
Material Culture Studies is a one-year MSc-specialisation at the internationally renowned Archaeology Faculty of Leiden University. This programme focuses on the study of portable artefacts made from a variety of source materials, as well as the techniques used to construct them.
Choose Material Culture Studies at Leiden University
- Engage in the study of the cultural biographies of portable artefacts. These objects may be made of flint and other types of stone, ceramics, bone, antler, shell, coral, metal or glass. Our aim is the reconstruction of technological processes.
- Examine the interconnectivity of different chaînes opératoires. This will give you insight into the varied relationships between people and things.
- Gain knowledge about current approaches in material culture theory, analytical methods and techniques.
- Explore the exciting possibilities of experimental archaeology in our laboratories and our reconstructed Stone Age hamlet of Horsterwold.
- Engage in a period of fieldwork related to one of our research projects. Alternatively, you may also choose to work as an intern in a museum or laboratory. This will provide you with valuable hands-on experience and will expand your network.
- Study at a faculty that ranks in the top ten worldwide in academic reputation and research impact (March 2017 QS World University Ranking by subject).
You will gain knowledge about current approaches in material culture theory, analytical methods and techniques. We will also introduce you to experimental archaeology. Experiments are central in both our research and teaching and are conducted in the experimental laboratory as well as in the setting of project Horsterwold. This is a Stone Age hamlet in the northwest of the Netherlands that we are constructing in order to use for experiments.