Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

Material culture and cultural interconnections in the Mediterranean
Programme ofArchaeology
TitleMediterranean Archaeology

In the Master’s programme Mediterranean Archaeology, you will explore the material cultures and societies in the Mediterranean region, and their long history of interconnections and cultural exchanges from 2000 BCE onwards.

Mediterranean Archaeology
You will explore Mediterranean connectivity, especially that of Italy and Greece, study the role of ceramics in archaeology, and learn how material remains can help us to reconstruct societies and cultures of the past.

A rich research tradition
The Mediterranean Archaeology programme comprises both theoretical and thematic approaches and combines them with practical research. You can either participate in archaeological fieldwork, engage in individual tutorials in which you will work on material remains, or take part in staff members’ current research. Fieldwork is conducted in Italy, Greece and Turkey.

As of the academic year 2020-2021, this specialization will no longer be offered. Check the webpage of the Master's degree programme Archaeology for the new study programme, with the specializations European Archaeology and Mediterranean Archaeology.

Why study Archaeology in Amsterdam?

  • This Master’s programme offers the opportunity to gain a world-class education in the archaeology of Europe and the adjacent Mediterranean area at a leading European university;
  • You will gain hands-on experience of working with archaeological material from sites across the Mediterranean and Europe;
  • You will be able to follow and develop your personal interests, among others by tapping into the wide array of expertise of eminent scholars at the UvA and VU Amsterdam;
  • Teaching takes place in small group classes with direct personal contact with tutors;
  • As a student, you will profit from the programme’s collaboration with institutions such as the municipal archaeological service and the Allard Pierson Museum;
  • Amsterdam is an international metropolis with a small-city feel. It is a welcoming place to live and study and English is widely spoken.

Andrea Ward



“Studying a Master’s degree in Archaeology at the VU is an excellent experience that exposes the student to an international learning environment. The dedicated academic staff are very approachable and their expertise allows for a variety of master classes that broaden your knowledge and skills with both theory and practice. The archaeology master’s program provides further opportunities to expand my learning experience with seminars and special lectures on different topics of research from all over Europe.” 

Jan Paul Crielaard

Professor in Mediterranean Archaeology


“One of the strengths of the Amsterdam Mediterranean Archaeology programme is the combination of theory and practice which challenges students with various kinds of academic interests and practical skills.”