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Archaeology & Society

Changing the future, by understanding the past. Join Archaeology & Society and broaden your horizon!

Why is archaeology still relevant today? This track lets you better understand and actively improve our current and future societies.

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The track in a nutshell

  • Engage with current issues related to politics, environment, heritage and scientific research from Archaeology’s multidisciplinary perspective
  • Focus on societal outreach programs alongside recent and ongoing archaeological projects from across the world
  • Train your practical and creative skills through flexible internships and teamwork and gain new skillsets for heritage management and applied knowledge sharing
  • Go beyond the regular Leiden Archaeology curriculum, with focus on sites and projects from Asia and East Africa

Bachelor’s students of all faculties are welcome to apply!


  • Location: Leiden
  • Language: English
  • Credits: 30 EC

Gotten curious? Take a look at our curriculum.

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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