Human Origins (research)

Human Origins is a two-year research master’s specialisation at the internationally renowned Archaeology faculty of Leiden University. The programme provides an in-depth interdisciplinary introduction into the European Palaeolithic record and its wider setting, from the Early Pleistocene to the Late Pleistocene.

Choose Human Origins (research) at Leiden University

  • Study the archaeology of prehistoric hunter-gatherers, from the earliest stone tools in East Africa, 2.6 million years old, to the end of the last ice age.
  • Focus on Neanderthal behaviour, and explore research questions, methods of analysis and theoretical perspectives in Palaeolithic archaeology.
  • Examine data and theory from other disciplines such as ethnography, palaeoanthropology and behavioural ecology.
  • Participate in our fieldwork at, for example, Les Cottés in France.
  • 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).

Interdisciplinary studies

The study of the origin and development of the human niche is interdisciplinary by nature, and you will find that Leiden University accommodates prominent representatives from some of these disciplines.
Our key fieldwork site is currently Les Cottés (France), which has an excellent record of the archaeology of both the last Neanderthals and the earliest modern humans.
As a Human Origins student, you are expected to participate in the department’s fieldwork.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Archaeology (research)
  • Degree Master of Arts in Archaeology (research)
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60133

Neandertal skull fragment found in North Sea

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