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.
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.