Experience Day

Come visit us!

Are you enthusiastic about studying Archaeology in Leiden? Come visit us at our location to see our lecture rooms and student facilities, to experience the atmosphere and find out what studying at the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden is really like. You can attend your first real lecture, be informed about the programme in detail, get a tour of our building and student facilities, and even meet your future fellow students.

Programme February 2016 for students and parents

Time Programme
10:30 Arrival with coffee & tea
11:00-12:00 Welcome and Presentation Archaeology
by ms. drs. A.M. Aijpassa , ms. C.G. Slappendel MPhil and ms. drs. F.C.M. Tomas.
12:00 Coffee and tea break
12:15 Lecture
mr. dr. M.J. Versluys
Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
12:45 Lunch
13:30 Tutorial
Ms. Dr. Christina Tsoraki/Ms. Prof. dr. Annelou van Gijn
Material Culture Studies.
13:30 Additional information for parents
ms. drs. A.M. Aijpassa and ms. C.G. Slappendel MPhil
14:15 Faculty tour and speed dating
mr. dr. M.J. Versluys (Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
mr. dr. B.S. During (Near Eastern Archaeology)
mr. prof.dr. J.C.A. Kolen (Cultural Heritage)
prof.dr. F.C.W.J. Theuws (Medieval Archaeology)
ms. dr. S. Mire (Heritage of Indigenous Peoples)
ms. drs. F.C.M. Tomas (Study Advisor)
15:45 City Tour


Dr. M.J. Versluys – Looking for the king? Nemrud Dağ and Commagene under Antiochos I

In the Taurus Mountains in South-East Anatolia, at the Euphrates, lies one of Turkey’s most spectacular archaeological monuments: the site of Nemrud Dağ. A Hellenistic king had himself buried here in an impressive monument that he designated as “temple-tomb”. The tomb of this king, called Antiochos I, has, however, never been found………
At the beginning of the 21st century an international team led by Dutch scholars explored the site of Nemrud Dağ and the small kingdom of Commagene. The results of their work have just been published in an impressive volume of 686 pages.
Do you want to know what we did at Nemrud Dağ? Do you want to hear about the debates we had on how an archaeological project at Nemrud Dağ should look like? And perhaps you even want to know if we found the king’s tomb? Come and listen!

As preparation please visit the International Nemrud Foundation website.

Please have a look around the site to familiarise yourself with the monument. To what period Nemrud is dated? When did King Antiochos I live?
Carefully read the NOMOS or Holy Law in the translation that is presented on the site and make a summary of that historical document; we will discuss it in class.


Dr. C. Tsoraki – Unlocking the secrets of ancient objects: The role of microwear analysis in studying archaeological artefacts

The most common things found on archaeological sites are simple objects made of different materials such as stone, pottery, bone and metal that were part of the everyday life of past societies. These artefacts fill our museum displays and fascinate archaeologists and the public alike.
But how were these objects used in the past? What kind of activities were performed with the different artefacts? Archaeologists try to answer these questions by using a microscope to look for clues about the function of ancient artefacts.
In this tutorial you will learn about microwear analysis, and how this technique can help us understand how tools were used in past societies. You will conduct a short experiment using prehistoric replica tools and you will look at objects under the microscope to see if you can identify any characteristic wear traces.

Location & route

The Experience Day of Archaeology will take place at the Van Steenisbuilding, Einsteinweg 2, Leiden.


The next Experience Day will be in April 2016. More information will be available on this website in the first week of March.