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Archaeology Today: (Digital) Science in Archaeology

Archaeology Today offers an in-depth introduction to the latest methods, techniques and theoretical approaches of archaeology.

The minor Archaeology Today: (Digital) Science in Archaeology offers the opportunity to become acquainted with the role of the archaeologist and of heritage in society with an outlook to the future. Within the minor you can choose for a ‘science’ or a ‘digital’ path.

  • In the Scientific path you can deepen your knowledge in natural science methods in archaeology, as well as your knowledge of forensic science and environment in archaeology and the actual theme of the Anthropocene. 
  • In the Digital path you deepen your knowledge of digital techniques in archaeology. You will acquire relevant skills in working with applications in this field. 

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. 

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  • Science in Archaeology 2
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  • Digital Archaeology
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  • Human Bones in Forensic Archaeology
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  • Advanced Digital Archaeology
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  • Archaeology and Society
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UvA Course Catalogue: Minor Archaeology Today

Who is this minor for?

The minor Archaeology Today: (Digital) Science in Archaeology is open to all students, and would combine particularly well with a Bachelor's in History, Heritage Studies, Earth and Economics, Earth Sciences and Archaeology.

Master's programmes

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme in one of the above mentioned fields of study, in particular the Research Master's in Archaeology and Heritage the dual Master's in Heritage and Memory Studies and the one-year Master's in Archaeology.  Always check the entry requirements on the Application and Admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. 

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


This minor is offered by the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). VU Amsterdam and UvA work together within ACASA. 

  • UvA ACASA students register for the minor at VU Amsterdam and sign up for its courses via VUweb. 
  • Other UvA students (not ACASA) who want to follow this minor can enrol for the academic year of 2022-2023 from 12 May 2022 onwards. Please follow the step-by-step application guide to enrol. You will also be asked to fill in an ACASA form to confirm your agreement with the UvA exchanging your data with VU Amsterdam. After that, you can sign up for the courses.
  • Are you a student at another university than the UvA, and do you not study at the Faculty of Humanities of the VU? In that case follow the step-by-step plan on the VU website: VU-students - Admission and registration - Minor programmes, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Facts & Figures
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
Location University Quarter