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Archaeology (BA)

Archaeology in Leiden encompasses the study of societies, cultures, and human behaviour from the past, aiming to reconstruct and revive them. With our mix of education and research you lay a strong foundation for an international career in archaeology or heritage management.

Max Condon

Why Max Condon chose Archaeology

Max Condon

"At high school, I was always interested in the classics. We studied ancient literature and cultures and I fell in love with the Mediterranean region. I’m from England and I just wanted some adventure in my life. I wanted to live in a different country and have the challenge of not knowing anybody. So I visited Archaeology at an Open Day in Leiden. In general, the whole experience has been fantastic so far."

Ruud Stelten


Ruud Stelten

'In the first year, the Archeology bachelor is very broad and you learn a lot: from bones to animal remains and pottery. That proves to be very useful, because in my job as an archaeologist on St. Eustatius I can find everything. In addition, the method and technical lectures are of course very relevant. I found it very pleasant that you were encouraged by the programme not to take over everything without thinking, but to formulate your own points of view. That way you learn to be critical and to develop your own interests.'

Joanita Vroom


Joanita Vroom

"The international approach makes Archaeology in Leiden unique. We have lecturers and researchers from South America to Asia, and we study a wide variety of epochs."

Why study Archaeology?

Make a meaningful contribution to our knowledge of humankind by studying the activities and behaviour of people from the past. With learnings from history, you will gain new insights into our present-day world. You will look at contemporary issues like migration, globalisation, and climate change through an archaeological lense. With this unique angle, you may contribute to the public debate.

Depending on your preferences, you may also immerse yourself in the role of heritage in society. You will think about the future and the preservation of heritage, and you will gain experience with heritage policy. Furthermore, you will explore current issues, for example the role of cultural heritage within migrant communities.

After the first semester of your first year, you will choose one of the following specialisations:

Archaeology at Leiden University

Furthermore, the programme offers:

  • a strong, global emphasis, with wide networks in international research;
  • excellent facilities in the heart of Leiden’s academic community;
  • English language teaching by enthusiastic lecturers;
  • a lively and sociable study association.

Check out even more reasons to study Archaeology at Leiden University.

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