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Archaeology of the Ancient World


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Master of Arts (M.A.)


For the bachelor programme: English (min. B1), knowledge of an old language (Latinum or Graecum) or another modern foreign language (min. B1),

For the master programme: bachelor degree required, English B1, two other modern or ancient languages (Latin or Ancient Greek) B1, for specializing in Classical Archaeology Latinum or Graecum, for specializing in Ancient and Early History two of the three languages must be modern European languages (both B1), for this field of specialization proof must also be provided of experience at archaeological digs (either 10 credits or written confirmation of the excavation leader, for a period of 4 weeks), aptitude test


The study programme in Archaeology of the Ancient World deals with the physical, visually perceptible legacies of past epochs. This includes the processing of findings and results, for example by archaeological prospecting, surveying and excavation, systematic documentation, organisation (typologisation and catalogisation) and description (analysis of form and style). These methods and techniques constitute the basis for interpretation of material as a testimony to past cultures and for an understanding of cultural change. The study programme offers a choice of two different foci:

A) Classic Archaeology Classic Archaeology addresses the material culture of Graeco-Roman antiquity, including its preliminary stages and after-effects. Thus the chronological scope extends from the Minoan-Mycenaean period (from about 2000 B.C.) to Late Antiquity (to about 500 A.D.). Within this time window, Greek and Roman culture covered the whole of the Mediterranean area and its influence extended well to the North (Britannia, Germania) and to the East (Danube, Black Sea, Indus). Within these geographical and chronological limits, numerous literary records, inscription sources and coins, as well as archaeological findings and results, are available for investigation of the ancient cultures. All these different sources can and must be used for the analysis of wide-reaching historical issues.

B) Ancient and Early History Ancient and Early History is concerned with the periods of human history that have not, or not adequately, been illuminated by written sources. Thus it covers a long period, from the field of transition from animal to human being some 5 million years ago through the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages until about 1000 A.D., but also later. Depending on the epoch studied, the geographical area can extend beyond Europe to Africa and the Middle East. Using physical legacies, Ancient and Early History tries to describe and interpret long-forgotten cultures. The basis for this work are excavation and prospecting, source processing and source criticism, followed by the evaluation and interpretation of results and findings in their context. To interpret the archaeological material and reconstruct cultural contexts, quantitative (statistics) methods and methods of natural science (archaeozoology and archaeobotany) and cognitive science (conclusion by analogy and historical sociology) are used.

graduation admission Studies commencing in study period study guide offer since/at
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Local restrictions on admission W 6 PDF WS 2006/2007
Master of Arts (M.A.) Unrestricted admission with aptitude test W 4 PDF WS 2006/2007

last update: 22.03.2018 


Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies