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Crossing the borders in World Archaeology

With the Honours track (30EC) you will be taking a head start to the future!

This track offers you

  • a good overview of the interdisciplinary work field of Archaeology;
  • the chance to take on extra-curricular courses in addition to your regular educational requirements;
  • a head start in developing certain skills, such as learning how to discuss and how to conduct critical research;
  • the opportunity to build up a professional network and a close relationship with professors and other Honours students;
  • the chance to gain relevant work experience.

  • Location: Leiden
  • Language: Dutch or English (depending on the composition of the group)
  • Open to: All Leiden University Bachelor’s students

Daphne de Vos

Why did Daphne de Vos choose to follow the honours track?

Daphne de Vos

"I chose to follow the honours track, because I wanted to do and learn more than was provided in the regular courses. Next to that, my regular studies went well and I was looking for a challenge."


"What I like most about the honours track are the two internships, that can focus on entirely different subjects. For my research internship I studied a collection of prehistoric flint artefacts from the Vlootbeek Valley in Limburg. I wrote reports about a Neolithic hand axe and fractures on Neolithic arrowheads for the National Museum of Antiquities. It is really nice that you can already contribute to a research project in your first year."

Involving the public

"The idea of the social internship is to involve the public in archaeology. For my social internship I am helping with the Non-Professional Archaeological Photographs (NPAPH) project . It involves studying non-professional photographs of objects or archaeological sites made during the ‘60s and ‘70s in the Near East. Determining the location at which a photograph is taken is challenging, as it may depend on a blurry building somewhere in the distance. After having been described,  the photographs will be made accessible to the public through an online database."

Dreaming of a PhD

"I would love to do research and dream of doing a PhD. I am especially interested in the prehistory of North-Western Europe, so I would like to work in that field. I think the honours track can help realising a job in research, as you gain experience in different fields through the internships. You also meet with people that have a lot of experience in those fields. In short, I’m thoroughly enjoying the honours programme."

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