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About us

Knowledge of history is an important cultural value in societies around the world. Archaeology gives us knowledge about the historical and prehistorical past and shows how we are still connected to this past in many different ways.

The Faculty of Archaeology is the largest academic centre of Archaeology in the Netherlands. The Faculty ranks in the top ten worldwide in academic reputation and research impact (February 2018 QS World University Ranking by subject).

The Faculty has a  staff of more than 170 people. It teaches some 300 bachelor's and 200 master's students. A large number of PhD candidates  work in the Faculty, many of whom come from outside the Netherlands. The academic staff publishes in leading journals and produce monographs that make essential contributions to the field. Faculty staff have recently won prizes and grants for their achievements.

More about research at the Faculty of Archaeology.

Faculty Board (l-r): Suzy Sirks-Bong, Rory Granleese, Bleda Düring, Jan Kolen

Future of the Faculty of Archaeology

In the strategic plan of 2015 the Board of the Faculty of Archaeology has outlined its ambitions and objectives for the period 2015-2020. The Faculty wishes to further strengthen its position as the leading university centre in the Netherlands for archaeological teaching and research and to become one of the most prominent players in Europe. It aims to achieve this by providing the broadest possible spectrum of archaeological research in both the field and the laboratory.

Professional integrity

Leiden University, and the Faculty of Archaeology with it, attaches great importance to all aspects of integrity: in academic knowledge, in management and in operations. The Code of Conduct on Integrity gives a coherent picture of the integrity policy of the university. 

Advisory Boards

The Faculty of Archaeology has two external advisory bodies: a Dutch Raad van Advies, consisting currently of four members and an International Science Council with ten members.

Dutch Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is responsible for advising the Faculty Board on the key aspects of the Faculty's policies relating to: a. education, b. scientific research and c. operational management. The Board has the following members:

Corien Bakker

Corien Bakker is an archaeologist of the municipality of The Hague and till recently chairman of the Convent of Municipal Archaeologists.

Jos Bazelmans

Jos Bazelmans is head of the Research Sector of the National Cultural Heritage Agency and professor at the VU Amsterdam.

Evert van Ginkel

Evert van Ginkel is co-chair and treasurer of Stichting Archeologie en Publiek.

Tim de Ridder

Tim de Ridder is an alumnus and archaeologist of the municipality of Vlaardingen.

International Science Council

The International Science Council consists of representatives of the different subdisciplines, and has the aim to advise the Board on its research policy. This Council convenes once every few years, the first time it came together in February 2016. The International Science Council has the following members:

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