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About us

The Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden is the leading academic institute for Archaeology in the Netherlands, and one of the largest in the world. The Faculty is an international front-runner, in the top ten of the QS World University Ranking, at subject level.

The Faculty has more than 170 staff (around 50 permanent) and about 500 students (300 BA students and 200 (research) MA students). The Faculty also boasts around 130 PhD students and 40 post-doc. Our members come from every corner of the world.

Our researchers publish in eminent journals and with internationally-recognised publishers. Their research is a crucial contribution to the development of archaeological science and provides surprising insights for contemporary and future society. Read more about our research.

Three departments

By its very nature an interdisciplinary field of research, the Leiden Archaeology Faculty has been very active in creating networks all over the world, collaborating across and within the borders of disciplines. This is best visible in how its researchers collaborate among and beyond the faculty’s three departments:



World Archaeology

The Faculty Board

The Faculty Board is responsible for the daily management of the Faculty.  The Board is composed of three staff members and a Student Assessor. They are supported by a Board Secretary.

The Faculty Board of the Faculty of Archaeology. From left to right: Niels Laurens (Executive Director), Zoë van Litsenburg (Student Assessor), Bleda Düring (Vice-Dean), Jan Kolen (Dean)


Secretaries to individual members of the Board

Jan Kolen, dean
Yvonne Haring

Niels Laurens, executive director 
Karien Wentink

Bleda Düring, vice-dean
Karien Wentink

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