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World Archaeology (BA)

World 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.

Jan Dekker

Bachelor's student

Jan Dekker

'I have always been very interested in the past, but during high school I noticed that I really liked the science subjects. For my study choice I therefore wanted to try to combine history and the natural sciences. It quickly became apparent that that is really only possible with archaeology.'

Mariëlle Portier

Bachelor's student

Mariëlle Portier

'I chose archaeology because of my interest in the past and ancient cultures and because the study is a combination of theory and practice. I don't just have to peer into books, but I also work directly with archaeological artifacts. Also super fun is the prospect that you are going to do field work.'

Ruud Stelten

Alumnus

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.'

Do the 360 Tour of the Faculty of Archaeology

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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.

World Archaeology is a specialisation of the Bachelor's programme in Archaeology. You will choose your specialisation in the first year of your Bachelor's studies in Archaeology.

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.

Timelapse of the Udhruh archaeological excavation, Jordan

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Is this the programme for you?

Archaeology at Leiden University is the programme for you if:

  • you literally and figuratively want to dig into the past;
  • you have an investigative nature;
  • you are interested in people and their (material) culture;
  • you are practical, but not daunted by academic theory;
  • you have a good grasp of English;
  • you are social and are able to work well together with others.

Apply now for the programme in BA Archaeology!

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