Landscape archaeology is a specialism which is well developed at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The Netherlands (large scale excavations) and the Mediterranean (surface surveys) form the historical landscapes on which fieldwork is conducted, and are also the focal points for ongoing research projects about the use of GIS in archaeology and villa landscapes in the north of the Roman Empire. The initiation of international Landscape Archaeological conferences that was started at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2010 gives the specialism Landscape Archaeology a rich expertise. Students in Landscape Archaeology at VU will have an interdisciplinary view on the platform landscape and are well trained in broad concepts and views.
Archaeology is seen progressively more as heritage, which gives it a new social and economic meaning. This conjures up several important questions. What, for example, is archaeological heritage? How do we envision the processes of preservation and management? What role does archaeology play in spatial planning? How archaeological heritage management currently is organised and financed in the Netherlands and in other European countries, and how will it be done in future? These and other questions are dealt with in the programme, which encompasses several elective modules from the interdisciplinary Master’s in Heritage Studies.
Core themes in the programme are: ecological and economic dimensions of interrelationship between man and landscape; the historical stratification of landscapes; the ‘past in the past’; landscape and identity, and science-based concepts in Landscape Archaeology. If you are interested in landscape as a platform for archaeological research then this Master is equipped for you. Do you want to be a graduated archaeologist, but also focus on heritage management and policy? If so, then this Master’s is the programme for you.
With ‘Landscape & Heritage’ the VU offer the only archaeological programme with a specialization which combines landscape archaeology and heritage in Europe. Though you receive a Master’s diploma in Archaeology, you also take heritage related courses during your study programme. You are also introduced to every facet of the current archaeological system and the way in which the ‘market’ operates. You are hereby able to specialize yourself in policy and advice.