What do archaeologists study

Major in archeology, medieval archeology

Classical archeology students deal with the cultures of antiquity and learn about archaeological research methods. For example, the classification and documentation of ceramics, the iconography on Attic vases, the determination of Roman coins or transport amphorae as well as excavations in the settlement area of ​​the Greeks and Romans are among the main focuses. Medieval archeology is part of art history and conveys theoretical and practical knowledge of cultural assets during the course.

In addition to historical introductions, introductions to the methods of scientific work are in the foreground. These competencies are imparted in courses and deepened in exercises. All archaeological sub-disciplines have in common that excursions to archaeological sites and museums are on the program. In addition, students are involved in teaching excavations or excavation internships at an early stage.

M.I., Classical Archeology in the 1st semester Master at the University of Basel UNIBAS.

"There are many excursions to not only see finds on paper but to experience them live."

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The passion for the subject is the most important requirement for budding archaeologists.

Essential for the course are:

  • intensive reading of specialist literature
  • learning ancient languages
  • developing methods
  • good writing skills

The specialist literature is often written in English, French or Italian.
The course can be very time-consuming and requires digging internships and the like. a lot of commitment and flexibility on the part of the students.

Research topics

Archaeological research topics are, for example:

  • Field research in Sicily (Himera, Iaitas) and Euboea (Eretria) with a focus on urbanism. Greek colony foundations, the fortification systems in the west and Hellenistic-Roman architecture
  • Paleoecology, connection of archaeological findings with environmental and climatic data
  • Archeology of the early to late Middle Ages in the Sempachersee region - early history of an urban landscape in the foothills of the Alps
  • To be a Child in Roman Aventicum (1st-3rd c. AD): Evidence on Health, Disease and Feeding Practices from Bioarchaeology
  • Erétrie: preparation of the publication finale de la céramique eubéenne à fig. Noires
  • TerraSancta: Archeologia ed esegesi

Admission, registration and start of studies

Information on admission to the various universities as well as on registration and the start of studies can be found under Admission, Registration, Start of Studies.