Material Culture Studies
The programme’s courses deal with current approaches in material culture theory, analytical methods and techniques employed in artefact studies, and experimental archaeology.
Experiments are central in both our research and teaching and are conducted in the experimental laboratory as well as in our experimental outdoor setting of Huize Horsterwold, the Stone Age hamlet we are constructing and using.
We specialise in provenience studies of various raw materials and wear trace and residue analysis, using primarily microscopic and chemical analytical techniques. These specialisations are taught in laboratory tutorials. There is a close cooperation with the Material Sciences and Geophysics divisions of the Technical University in Delft.