Geoarchaeology: theories and practices

Geoarchaeology: theories and practices

Developing a toolbox for geoarchaeology in archaeological field projects

27 – 29 March, VU University Amsterdam

3 days, 3 EC

In two weeks ARCHON’s annual Geoarchaeology courses will take place at the VU in Amsterdam. We provide two courses, which are both taught by Professor Ian A. Simpson and dr. Sjoerd J. Kluiving.  It is not mandatory to attend both courses. The courses can be taken in conjunction but also separately. Here’s the link to the 2-day course: Reading Soils and Sediments – Global Geoarchaeology.

Geoarchaeology offers important and challenging perspectives on how interpretations of soils and sediments contribute to how people lived with and adapted to environmental change and has resonance with contemporary debates on sustainability, resilience and heritage management. The ARCHON geoarchaeology courses give theoretical frameworks for interpreting soils, sediments, and landscapes as records of the past and provides theoretical training in field and laboratory methods that identify, quantify and evaluate early human activities and environmental imprints.

In the course Geoarchaeology: theories and practices, a toolbox is presented to study geoarchaeological research problems and which methods are used from Northwest European and North Atlantic case study areas. Important: read the detailed seminar program for more information about the programme, the reading list, course objectives, learning outcomes, and acquired skills.

Programme Geoarchaeology: theories and practices. 

Day 1: Research problems, maps, stratigraphies and lacquer peels NW European and North Atlantic areas

Day 2: Field tripFieldwork in NW European area: Wekeromse Zand (Pleistocene) and Amstelveen (Holocene)

Day 3: Micromorphology North-Atlantic, student presentations, and synthesis

*In this course students will have access to iPads4G assisting in accessing recording and presenting data.


Presentation: oral (20%), blog post (20%),  Research report (3000 words, excl. figures, images, photos, and references) (60%). The research report is due Friday 4 April 2019.

The minimum grade to obtain a pass for a module is a 60% score.


Date: 27-29 March 2019

Location: Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Wednesday 27 March, room HG-14A36 (14th floor Main Building)

Thursday 28 May, start from inner parking place VU campus terrain

Friday 29 March 9.00-12.00. room tba,

13.00-17.00 room HG-14A36 (14th floor Main Building)

Credits: 3 EC

Reading list:  You can find the reading list in the detailed seminar program 

Language: English

Registration: send an e-mail to IJk, our coordinator. Any questions relating to the content of the course can be sent to Sjoerd Kluiving,