In the one-year Master’s in Mediterranean Archaeology, you will explore the long history of interconnections and cultural exchanges in the Mediterranean region from approximately 2000 BC and on, all the while taking into account numerous aspects of material culture.
In the Master’s programme Mediterranean Archaeology, the long and rich traditions of both the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are combined with innovative approaches of 21st-century archaeology. You will explore Mediterranean connectivity, especially of Italy and Greece, the role of ceramics in archaeology, and cultural interpretations on the basis of archaeological materials.
A rich research tradition
The Mediterranean Archaeology programme comprises both theoretical and thematic approaches and combines them with practical research. You will be able to participate in archaeological fieldwork or engage in materials practice as part of an individual tutorial. The department conducts fieldwork at a variety of locations in Italy, Greece and Turkey, of which ancient Troy is one of the most notable sites. Other fieldwork sites include Halos in Greece and Satricum in Italy.
Archaeology in Amsterdam
The Master’s programme in Mediterranean Archaeology is one of three Archaeology programmes offered by the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA), a joint venture of the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – for the other programmes, see: Archaeology of Northwestern Europe and Landscape and Heritage. ACASA enables you to benefit from the expertise of two universities and allows you to choose from a wide range of courses, interest fields, and specialisations.
Mediterranean Archaeology is an accredited degree programme of Archaeology. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Archaeology and the title Master of Arts (MA).
The job market
Students graduating with a Master’s degree in Mediterranean Archaeology can be employed in positions requiring in-depth knowledge of archaeology. They also find their way into other jobs requiring a range of academic skills. Examples of sectors in which students who have followed this programme have found positions include:
- Commercial archaeology, heritage management, and the public presentation of archaeology
- The broad cultural heritage sector including museums, archives and cultural tourism
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