Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture

New Research Master: Heritage, Memory and Archaeology

28 March 2017

The Amsterdam School of Heritage, Memory and Material Culture offers a very exciting new research master’s programme in Heritage, Memory and Archaeology. This two-year programme offers a unique opportunity to combine an understanding of processes that shape the collective memory and determine how society deals with tangible and intangible remnants of the past and an in-depth training in the theory and practice of historical archaeology.

The programme offers two specialisations: Heritage & Memory and Archaeology. Both specialisations give access to a wide range of courses offered across the Faculty of Humanities, while individual research tutorials enable you to explore your own interests in the wide field of Heritage, Memory and Archaeology.

The specialisation of Heritage & Memory offers the understanding of long- and short-term processes that shape the collective memory and determine how society deals with tangible and intangible remnants of the past. It also explores the individuals and groups are involved in heritage as an industry and as a contemporary narration of history.

The specialisation of Archaeology offers an in-depth training in the theory and practice of historical archaeology. You have the flexibility to choose courses from a diverse range of topics ranging from the archaeology of ancient civilisations to the archaeology of the early modern world. Participation in archaeological fieldwork in the Mediterranean or North-western Europe is a key component of this specialisation.

In the core courses you will gain extensive knowledge in all three domains and in the electives you will determine your specialisation. Heritage Studies introduces the theoretical precepts that underlie current research on how heritage is perceived, preserved and presented, nowadays and in the past. Memory Studies deepens the comprehension on how collective memory is constructed and transmitted. The Archaeology course offers in-depth training in archaeological theory, whilst practice will enable you to understand how archaeological date is collected, analysed, and interpreted.

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