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200 years Archaeology

This year, archaeology at Leiden University as well as in the Netherlands turns 200! Archaeology has always been at the forefront of technological innovation. So instead of only looking back, in this jubilee year we also focus on the future of archaeology. Check out our news and events on the latest innovations: from the use of isotope studies and ancient DNA, to 3D technologies bringing ancient sites to life.

The start of archaeology in the Netherlands

200 years ago, in 1818, Caspar Reuvens was appointed Professor in Archaeology at Leiden University. This was effectively the start of the academic study of archaeology in the Netherlands. This eventually led to the current Faculty of Archaeology, 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.

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