Archaeology and Heritage of Global Amsterdam

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Doel vak

- To acquire knowledge on the urban development process in nine
periods from 1175 to 2000 in relation to political, religious, social
and cultural factors of interest.
- To gain basic insight on material culture as an archaeological dataset
of relevance in reconstructing urban life.
- To get an introduction on the interaction on urban development of
Amsterdam and Dutch maritime expansion activities.
- To gain experience with the multidisciplinary method of Early Modern
archaeology, using and combining different datasets of both material and
historical nature.

Inhoud vak

The course starts with lectures on the urban characteristics and the
1175-2000 development process of Amsterdam. Emphasis will be on the
interactive and multidisciplinary approach of urban archaeology using
material culture and topographical data. The chronological ceramic
spectrum based on the finds of over 200 sites will fulfill a central
role in illustrating the significance of ceramics in society in relation
to the meaning of ceramic data as material source.
Historical maps will be discussed as primary spatial source, also
including digital GIS applications. Regarding archaeological thematic
topics in Amsterdam urban development focus will be on landfill. The
role of landfill in the process of urban extensions of Amsterdam is
discussed as well as the meaning of refuse from these archaeological
features for our material culture knowledge. The archaeology of
Amsterdam, being the core of the 16-18th-century global shipping
network, is interrelated with maritime expansion. Some maritime
archaeological finds are presented to discuss VOC-ships as material data
sources on the trade and production of Amsterdam in the 17th and 18th


Friday morning 9AM-1PM: 1 x 2 hours lecture a week, 1 x 2 hour a week
lecture, seminar or workshop, for example workshop in the City Archive
and in the office of Monuments and Archaeology, City of Amsterdam


Halfway an assignment (2 parts) consisting of an illustrated report (c.
1500 words) (45% of the final grade) combined with an oral presentation
(10% of the final grade). A separate concluding essay (c. 1500 words)
based on a topic of the course (45% of the final grade). Papers will be
assessed on content, structure and language.


As handbook will be used Gawronski, J. (ed.), 2012, Amsterdam Ceramics.
A city’s history and an archaeological ceramics catalogue 1175-2011.
Amsterdam. Literature will be announced and made available on Canvas.


Students admitted to one of the following Master’s programmes can take
this course : Archaeology (all three programmes), Ancient History,
History, Heritage Studies, Art history.

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

This module is taught at the UvA by prof. dr. J.H.G. Gawronski (UvA) (UvA subject code 140412186Y). Module registration with a UvaNetID at the UvA is required. Please note that course registration periods at the UvA and VU differ. For a ‘step-by-step guide to course and exam registration’ and the ‘dates for course and exam registration’ please consult the ‘course and exam registration’-page via the ‘A-Z list’ of your MA programme on

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_AAMAARC009
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. J.H.G. Gawronski
Docenten prof. dr. J.H.G. Gawronski

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