Since 1994, the sole purpose of Bachur is to bring the archaeology students of the Groninger instituut voor Archeologie together. Bachur does this by organizing a wide range of activities both recreational and educational for our students. Every second Thursday of the month there is a drink in the Irish pub O'Malleys where you can get to know your fellow students.
De naam Bachur is een samenvoeging van Bacchus, de Romeinse god van wijn, en van Bagger (modder en blubber), het vertrouwde element van de archeoloog.
In 1993 kwam een aantal archeologiestudenten op het idee om een studievereniging op te richten. Sindsdien is de vereniging gegroeid tot een waar onmisbare institutie binnen het GIA (Groninger Instituut voor Archeologie).
Het doel van Bachur was, is en blijft:
Integratie van de studenten van de verschillende studiejaren;
Meander is the study association for students following the History of Art & Architecture programme at the University of Groningen. Members receive discount on textbooks, an annual Meander almanac and 3-4 editions of LUX magazine per year. They can also go to all the parties, lectures, excursions, symposiums and other activities organized by Meander at discount prices. In addition, Meander regularly organizes trips both in and outside the Netherlands.
Research Master's Student Patty Huijbers About Her Research Assistants Programme
Prof. Attema about the excavation at Crustumerium
This movie gives an impression of the excavation at Crustumerium in central Italy, 20 km north of Rome. It's an ancient Latin site which started in the 9th century before Christ.
Mai Bos about working at the excavation at Crustumerium (Italy)
PhD Experience with Sarah Willemsen (at Crustumerium)
Rebuilding the site at Crustumerium with Nikolaas Noorda
Field survey at Crustumerium with Remco Bronkhorst
For my MA I am specializing in hunter-gatherer cultures in Northwestern Europe during the Late Stone Age
I'm Pir Hoebe, 24 years old, and I grew up in the most beautiful part of the province – what was once the fiefdom of Westerwolde. From a young age I was able to nurture my love for the past. While roaming through the woods and fields, I would fantasize about medieval knights and Roman legionaries. When I heard that there was such a thing as archaeologists, I lost no time attacking the back garden with a spade.
When it came to choosing a Bachelor’s programme, I tossed up briefly between history and archaeology, but archaeology really brings you into close contact with the past and that really appealed to me.
For my MA I am specializing in hunter-gatherer cultures in Northwestern Europe during the Upper Palaeolithic (Late Stone Age) and the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age). The Research Master’s (ReMa) programme in Art History & Archaeology allows me plenty of freedom to explore my interests within this specialist area. There are only a few core modules in the ReMa. For the rest you can choose course units from the regular MA programmes (Prehistory and Protohistory, Mediterranean Archaeology, Maritime Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Arctic Archaeology). And there is still enough time to specialize further through tutorials with lecturers. This involves coming up with a research question, or choosing material or a method that you want to study. On top of that, there are opportunities to earn part of your ECTS credit points at other universities or abroad.
Read more about Pir and why he chose to study Art History and Archaeology in Groningen.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Pir.
Master's Ambassador Pir Hoebe
I am following the specialization in Bioarchaeology
I feel completely at home in the Research Master's in Art History & Archaeology. After a rather broad-based Bachelor's programme, this Master's degree programme allows to you really specialize in your own interests. I am following the specialization in Bioarchaeology.
I chose the Groningen programme for its personal supervision, the approachability of lecturers, the wide range of specialization options and the opportunities available to students.
There is a lot of choice within the Research Master's programme. Besides a few compulsory course units, there are lots of tutorials in which you are entirely free to choose your topic (region, period, material category etc.) as long as you have it approved. You will be expected to work on your topic independently and with discipline and set your own deadlines.
The Research Master's programme will help you prepare for a career as a research specialist. However, the fact that you are trained in more than one specialization means that you will be able to work in several professional fields. I would like to work as a paleoecologist or archaeobotanist at a bioarchaeological research bureau, or continue to conduct research at the University. A specialist position at a natural history museum also sounds very interesting.
Student Yotti van Deun
Phd Researcher at the University of Groningen
On 4 June I defended my thesis Corded Ware Coastal Communities, Using Ceramic Analysis to Reconstruct Third Millennium BC Societies in the Netherlands. Analysis of earthenware has told us much more about the people who lived along the Dutch coast in the fourth millennium BC.
These were people who lived from agriculture and livestock farming combined with hunting, gathering and fishing. What is special is that the earthenware that these people used is extremely similar to earthenware found in an area stretching from Scandinavia to Switzerland and from Russia to the Netherlands, so alongside regional roots, the coastal communities also had a large international exchange network.
The Research Master’s programme in Art History and Archaeology was the perfect preparation for this. This two-year programme gave me a lot of freedom and extra time to delve into a topic. During my studies, I specialized in the analysis of earthenware from the fourth and third millennia BC. Analysis of this earthenware tells us more about the people who made and used it as well as about their society. In my PhD research I was able to put this into practice.
Alumna Sandra Beckerman
Fourteen University of Groningen Archaeology students have put together an exhibition at the University Museum entitled Verborgen Verhalen (Uncovered Stories). Using appealing objects from the collection of the Groningen Institute of Archaeology, they explain why archaeologists preserve so many items and what can still be done with these. New technology for studying objects leads to new insights.