I chose the former because I wanted bridge the gap between the
two and study Mediterranean Archaeology not just in the Southern
European setting usually preferred by scholars in this field, but
also in its provincial, Dutch setting. After all, the Roman Empire
stretched not only from Alexandria and Constantinople to Rome but
also to the little country that we now call the Netherlands.
The Master's track in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
allowed me a great deal of freedom to pursue this avenue of
research: many course units and programmes are designed so that
students can follow their own interests within the broad field of
One course unit taken by every Master's student is 'Archaeology
of Today', which pushes students to think in new and different ways
about the role of archaeology in Dutch and European society.
Examining the political relevance of archaeology and public
awareness of it (through museums, for example) was very
thought-provoking. Considering how Mediterranean and Dutch
archaeology could be useful in real life made us go beyond writing
academic papers to address how archaeology can be relevant in
European and Dutch society today.
After this Master's track, I hope to start working with the
public in a museum where new research and the beautiful remains of
our past are accessible to everyone. Many people are interested in
our past and archaeology can help us feed this curiosity. By making
the past tangible and human, everybody can see and experience how
things used to be and where we come from.