Heritage of Indigenous Peoples

Heritage of Indigenous Peoples is a one-year MA-specialisation at the internationally renowned Archaeology Faculty of Leiden University. The programme centres on the living heritage of indigenous peoples and its preservation, connecting the past and the present in local communities.

Choose Heritage of Indigenous Peoples at Leiden University

  • Familiarise yourself with the concept of ‘living heritage’. Archaeologists and anthropologists often encounter manifestations of cultural continuity: descendant communities maintain and cultivate traditional knowledge, religious ideas and customs that go back to ancient times. This living heritage offers opportunities for innovative research. It may throw light, for example, on the meaning and function of archaeological artefacts and monuments.
  • Gain theoretical and practical knowledge on how to work with local communities and how to conduct archaeological and anthropological research in this challenging context.
  • Learn about the social situation of indigenous peoples, i.e. peoples that have been colonised and that remain in a marginal social position, facing exploitation and discrimination. Their heritage is often expropriated, while the living cultures and languages may face the danger of extinction.
  • 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.
  • 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).

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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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