Archaeobotany and Archaeozoology

Archaeobotany and Archaeozoology is a one-year MSc-specialisation at the internationally renowned Archaeology Faculty of Leiden University. The programme focuses on the palaeo-zoological and palaeo-botanical research of animal and plant remains.

Choose Archaeobotany and Archaeozoology at Leiden University

  • Study a variety of palaeo-zoological and palaeo-botanical topics, ranging in age from the Palaeolithic to historical periods.
  • Explore the palaeo-environmental or palaeo-economical issues in depth.
  • Get a thorough understanding of the evolution of fauna, flora and animal species.
  • Examine small and large mammals, as well as pollen and plant remains, in our state-of-the-art specialised laboratories.
  • Study at a faculty that ranks in the top ten worldwide in academic reputation and research impact (March 2017 QS World University Ranking by subject).

DNA and isotope studies

During the programme, you will be confronted with the application of aDNA and isotope studies in the field of palaeo-zoological and palaeo-botanical research. In addition, you will benefit from the expertise of national and international guest lecturers.

Take part in current research

Apart from the laboratory work, you will also have the opportunity to work under supervision on material from current research projects, while literature based studies are also possible. Field excursions will give you the opportunity to identify plants, examine different landscapes or excavate a range of archaeological sites. As part of the programme, you may also choose to work as an intern in a laboratory elsewhere. This will provide you with valuable hands-on experience and will expand your network.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Archaeology
  • Degree Master of Science in Archaeology
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60805

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