Archaeology of the Americas

Leiden University’s MA Archaeology specialization in the Archaeology of the Americas invites you to explore the past of the native peoples of the Americas.

Choose Archaeology of the Americas at Leiden University

  • Investigate the native peoples of the Americas from various angles, incorporating techniques used in (ethno)archaeology, (biological) anthropology, archaeometry and ethnohistory.
  • Focus on wide range of areas and topics, varying from the study of worldview, religion, and visual culture in Mexico and the Andean region, to the study of settlement archaeology, human mobility and the exchange of goods and ideas in the circum-Caribbean region.
  • Join our archaeological excavations, surveys and artefact analyses, taking place in Mexico, Nicaragua, Saba, St. Eustatius, Curaçao, Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic, St. Vincent, Grenada, Cuba, Jamaica and Venezuela.
  • 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).

In the footsteps of Johannes de Laet

Leiden University’s interest in the Native American world goes back to geographer, linguist and historian Johannes de Laet, who worked with the West Indian Company in the 17th century and studied the Americas intensively. Research methods have changed dramatically since those days, and now tend to be characterised by their multidisciplinary and intercultural perspectives.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Archaeology
  • Degree Master of Arts 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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