Online, Netherlands

Battlefields Uncovered: Introduction to Archaeological and Historical Investigations of Conflict

online course
when 13 September 2021 - 10 December 2021
language English
duration 13 weeks
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 97

What do battlefields have to tell us about the past and about ourselves? Battlefields Uncovered studies some of the most dramatic turning points in World History through the lens of Military History and Archaeology. See how groundbreaking archaeological techniques can shine a light through the fog of war. Discover the complex issues to be considered when preserving and presenting places of past armed conflict. Consider what stories should be told? And by whom? Discuss different perspectives on these questions with a diverse group of people including world-leading archaeologists and historians, museum experts and military veterans.

The course will take place online. You can begin following the course from the 13th September 2021. There will be an online gradation on the 10th of December. Between those dates, an engaging mix of theory, research and focus on practical techniques, in the form of lectures and workshops will be released. You can mostly follow them when it suits you best. You will also take part in and online discussions and assessed seminars in small groups in October and November.

If you are interested in military history; wanting an introduction to practical archaeology; intrigued by narratives and representations of conflict, looking to gain additional academic credits; from a military background and wanting to develop new skills, this is the course for you!

No previous academic qualifications are necessary. Teaching is in English, and you’ll be placed in an online group for interactive seminars and discussions.

An impressive list of guest lecturers includes:

Professor Tony Pollard, Director for the Centre of Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow, and lead archaeologist for Waterloo Uncovered;
Professor Ben Schoenmaker of the Dutch Institute for Military History, and Leiden University;
Dr Tobias van Gent, Associate Professor of History at University College Roosevelt and Member of the Dutch Parliament.

Course leader

Dr. Floris van den Eijnde

Target group

This course is aimed primarily at undergraduate students, postgraduate students new to the field and serving and former military personnel wishing to learn about battlefield archaeology or indeed archaeology in general. It is not necessary for participants to have taken university courses in archaeology or history before but some familiarity with and interest in the topics should be demonstrated. Because some participants may be vulnerable, Waterloo Uncovered will interview participants and be selective about admissions.

Course aim

The course will offer participants the chance to develop: 1. Specific knowledge of key battlefields and studies surrounding them. 2. An understanding of the interplay between historical and archaeological sources which can be more widely applied to many studies of the past. 3. The ability to identify the issues affecting the role of battlefields in shaping a shared and usable past. 4. The ability to communicate knowledge and perspectives about the past. 5. Some skills in processing archaeological remains at the post-excavation stage.

Fee info

EUR 97: Course + course materials


Some scholarships resulting in fee reductions may be available.

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