Archaeology of the Near East

Archaeology of the Near East is a one-year MA-specialisation at the internationally renowned Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University. The programme covers a broad range of developments that have influenced Near Eastern cultures, from the Neolithic up to the Byzantine era.

Choose Archaeology of the Near East at Leiden University

  • Focus on an exceedingly interesting archaeological region. The Near East is a cradle of civilisation from Prehistory up to the Early Medieval period. You will find that the region is of enormous culture-historical significance. Key developments such as the origins of farming and sedentary life, as well as the emergence of complex urbanised societies and writing, first occurred here and then spread to other areas.
  • Learn how to investigate key developments such as the origins of farming and sedentary life using primary archaeological data.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge about methods to obtain such data and about ways to contextualise these in specific local culture-historical contexts. Then translate these data into observations that are relevant for the study of processes such as neolithisation, urbanisation and imperialisation.
  • Benefit from the close connection between the courses and the ongoing research projects by our staff.
  • 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).


As part of this master’s specialisation, you will be able to engage in a period of (international) fieldwork. Alternatively, you may also choose to work as an intern in a museum or an (international) institution. This will provide you with valuable practical experience and will expand your network.

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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

Interested in research?

Consider the two-year Research Master’s in Archaeology


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