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Prehistory and Proto-history of Northwest Europe

The BA and MA programmes are strongly tied to the Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA), which comprises the archaeological research of the University of Groningen.

GIA research is focused on:

  • Prehistoric, protohistoric and historical archaeology in the Netherlands, the Mediterranean and the Arctics.
  • Bioarchaeology: archaeobotany and archaeozoology
  • Material culture studies, including conservation
  • Landscape archaeology, including GIS-based studies
  • Opleidingsvideo

    Exhibition 'Uncovered stories' at the University Museum (Groningen)

    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Opleidingsvideo

    Daniël Postma about the 'Turf House Project'

    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Testimonial van Alumnus Jasper Huis in 't Veld

    Project Leader at RAAP Archaeological Consultancy

    'I am a project leader at RAAP Archaeological Consultancy. I conduct archaeological research, which covers everything from fieldwork to reporting. In the Netherlands, construction projects that involve ground-disturbing activities (such as digging foundations) must always be preceded by an archaeological survey. These surveys are usually performed by commercial companies like RAAP.

    I particularly enjoy the variety between excavating and processing. During excavations you're out in the fresh air – and sometimes in the pouring rain – and get into contact with all kinds of people and situations. Sometimes we even find really exciting artefacts. This is followed by the relatively quiet phase of reporting, where you sit behind the PC and try to put all pieces of the puzzle together. These two tasks are very different from each other, but I like them both very much.

    I always had part-time jobs during my studies – but unfortunately I still ended up with a significant student debt. I also worked as an editor for TMA (Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie), the journal for Mediterranean Archaeology, for quite some time and I did a lot of committee work. 

    My view of the future? To continue to solve exciting, challenging archaeological problems for years to come!'

    – Alumnus Jasper Huis in 't Veld
  • Testimonial van Student Nynke de Vries

    I would like to get a job as a field archaeologist

    I chose Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwest Europe as this track best matched my interests and plans for the future. The good contacts between lecturers, students and staff here, and the fact that Groningen has been marked as an outstanding programme, made it a logical choice to come to do this Master's in Groningen.

    One of the strong points of the Master's track in my view is the excellent supervision by lecturers. They are really interested, and also suggest topics that they think might interest you. Because the group of students is small, everyone knows what everyone is working on, including the lecturers. The small scale of the institute, where everyone knows everyone else, makes it a really nice place to study.

    In addition, the programme has been changing a lot in recent years. The focus is shifting more to better preparation of students for the job market. So it's a very up-to-date and hands-on approach while simultaneously testing out the best ways to teach this.

    After I finish my Master's degree I would like to get a job as a field archaeologist. In order to realize this I need lots of experience, and that's what I'm trying to gain during my studies. At home and abroad. I don't really mind where I end up as long as I have a spade in my hand.

    – Student Nynke de Vries
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