Palaeolithic Archaeology

Palaeolithic Archaeology is a one-year MA-specialisation at the internationally renowned Archaeology Faculty of Leiden University. This programme focuses on human origins, including Neanderthals and early modern humans.

Choose Palaeolithic Archaeology at Leiden University

  • Study the archaeology of Neanderthals and early modern humans from a distinctive multidisciplinary angle.
  • Work on some of the material from our current excavations in Neumark (Germany) and Les Cottés (France).
  • Learn how archaeologists study the chronology, environment, and the lithic and faunal materials at palaeolithic archaeological sites.
  • Engage in a period of fieldwork related to one of our research projects. Alternatively, you may also choose to work as an intern in a museum or laboratory. This will provide you with valuable hands-on 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).


The courses include findings from our large-scale excavations at Neumark-Nord 2 (Germany), a unique Middle Palaeolithic site with excellent preservation of bone and stone material in fine-grained lake deposits, dating to about 125,000 years ago. Currently, our excavations focus on the site of Les Cottés (France), which has an excellent record of the archaeology of both the last Neanderthals and the earliest modern humans.

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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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