Prehistory of North-Western Europe

As of September 2017 the new name of this specialisation will be Prehistory of Europe.

Prehistory of North-Western Europe is a one-year MA-specialisation at the internationally renowned Archaeology Faculty of Leiden University. The programme focuses on a range of aspects of Prehistoric farming communities, from the Neolithic to the Iron Age.

Biography of landscapes

In this specialisation you will gain in-depth knowledge about the archaeology of prehistoric farming communities. You will learn about the ways in which people constructed their living environment in relation to other communities, their ancestors, the supernatural and the physical landscape. Our courses cover issues such as ancestral landscapes, burial analysis, exchange, world systems and the biography of landscapes.

Interpretation of data

Interaction is an important part of the programme. We will challenge you to develop your own informed opinion on these topics by writing papers, participating in discussions, and conducting research.


As part of this master’s specialisation, you will be able to 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 an institution. This will provide you with valuable hands-on experience and will expand your network.

Master details

  • Dit is een afstudeerrichting van: Archaeology
  • Graad Master of Arts in Archaeology
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 1 year
  • Start September, February
  • Taal English
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 60805

Interested in research?

Consider the two-year Research Master’s in Archaeology


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Fieldwork and internships

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