Archaeology of Cult


Course Objective

On completion of this course, you will:
- have more detailed knowledge of the most important cult places and the
associated material culture in the Mediterranean and Northwest-Europe
from c. 800 BC to 250 AD;
- have gained insight into the origin, development and level of
organization of cult communities in the ancient world;
- have acquired a critical understanding of the specific role of
archaeology in the study of ancient religions, in comparison to other
disciplines in the humanities, such as theology, anthropology, ancient
history and material culture studies;
- have learnt to apply theoretical notions and concepts related to the
study of religion to an archaeological dataset

Course Content

This course provides an overview of the archaeology of cult places in
the Mediterranean and Northwest-Europe in the period from c. 800 BC
(the period of the rise of the Greek city-states) to 250 AD (the crisis
of the Roman cities of the West). In the lectures various aspects of the
materiality of ancient religions will be discussed. In the seminars the
students will present case-studies in which these aspects are further

Teaching Methods

Interactive lectures and seminars

Method of Assessment

Two short reviews (20%), two oral group presentations (20%), written
exam on
course literature (60%)

Entry Requirements

What is Archaeology?


There is no course book with this module. The literature will be
announced and/or made available on Canvas

Target Audience

This course can be taken by anyone who has successfully completed an
introductory course into archaeology, e.g. What is archaeology?

General Information

Course Code L_AABAARC203
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. A.M.J. Derks
Examiner dr. A.M.J. Derks
Teaching Staff dr. A. Prent
dr. A.M.J. Derks

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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