Universiteit Leiden

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The Faculty of Archaeology is the largest academic centre of Archaeology in Continental Europe with over 170 staff members.

Top ten worldwide

The Faculty ranks in the top ten worldwide in academic reputation and research impact (February 2018 QS World University Ranking by subject). More than 60% of first-year Archaeology students in the Netherlands come to Leiden, and these are joined by BA and MA students from across the globe. The faculty research community is international and decidedly cosmopolitan, with members of staff, post-doc researchers and PhD students coming from all over the world, active in all continents.

Extensive research projects

Over the years, many of our researchers have received prestigious grants and subsidies, enabling them to embark on extensive research projects. Here you will find a non-exhaustive list of current research projects:

For more information, see the complete overview.


Faculty’s researchers have been admitted to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences:

Overarching fields

As academic staff we conduct research in the overarching fields of World Archaeology, Archaeological Sciences, and Archaeological Heritage.  We cover extensive areas of the world and nearly all time periods.  We investigate the complexity of the human past from interdisciplinary perspectives which offer the best chance to answer research questions that also carry value for current and future generations. Our research brings scholars together in exciting collaborations from within and well beyond the faculty itself within a highly inspiring research surrounding.

Our research areas

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:

Training the next generation of researchers

Who are we, as archaeologists, without the constant and fresh input of the next generation of researchers? In the Faculty we have the ambition to activate and stimulate young top talent through exposing them and let them take part in cutting edge research, and by helping them to find their own place in a wide career world, while being equipped with much needed 21st century professional and transferable skills. Our research facilities and labs, fieldschools and excavation projects, experimental archaeology projects and the National research schools (ARCHON, OIKOS) offer opportunities for everyone’s taste.

Academic 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.