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Global Archaeology (MA)

With Global Archaeology at Leiden University you study key developments in past societies that have shaped global history from comparative and regional perspectives. Investigate major transitions in history from the origins of our species to the emergence of capitalism in diverse regions including the Near East, the Mediterranean, Europe and the Americas.

Mike Kneppers

Master's student

Mike Kneppers

'Before starting the master’s programme in Global Archaeology, I received a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology at Leiden University. The master’s allows me to continue specialising in the fields which I was already interested in during the Bachelor programme, namely Archaeology of the Near East and Archaeozoology.'

Joanita Vroom

Professor

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."

Luc Amkreutz

Alumnus

Luc Amkreutz

'Within the broad spectrum of the Faculty I found the European Prehistory focus of Global Archaeology the most interesting option, both because of the affinities I felt with the European prehistory and because of the particular challenges this region and timeframe poses, i.e. the combination of very different, but very complementary disciplines in order to unravel the often big questions of our deep past. I particularly like the way it stays close to who we are as human beings and incorporates aspects of anthropology and biology.'

Do the 360 Tour of the Faculty of Archaeology

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What does this master's programme entail?

Global Archaeology will allow you to engage with key scholars working in the Near East, the Mediterranean, Europe and the Americas and from the earliest hominins up to the era of industrialisation.

It will challenge you to study major development in our history on the basis of the remains of past societies and to think how these past events, such as for example the rise of urbanism, or our abilities to transform our surroundings, came about.  

You can select your chronological or regional focus in Global Archaeology.

See the programme structure for information on how to integrate these focus areas into your master's programme.

Why Global Archaeology at Leiden University?

  • Study at one of the global centres of excellence in archaeological research and teaching, that is consistently in the top ten of the world.
  • Work with data and experts on the archaeology of Europe, the Near East, the Mediterranean, and the Americas on topics ranging from millions of year ago to the present.
  • Benefit from our large network in international research and our many fieldwork projects.
  • Gain a solid basis for a national or international career in the archaeology or heritage sectors.

More reasons to study Global Archaeology at Leiden University.

Excavating in Jordan

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