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.

The next Experience Day is on March 31. You can apply from mid-February.

Programme 10 February 2017 for students and parents

Time Programme
10:15 Arrival with coffee & tea
10:30 Welcome and Presentation study information
by ms. Dr. J.A. Mol (Programme Director) and drs. F.C.M. Tomas (study advisor)
11:15 Coffee and tea break
11:30 Lecture
prof.dr. M.J. Versluys
Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Practical Archaeobotany
Dr. M. Field
12:45 Parallel information for parents
drs. A.M. Aijpassa and C.G. Slappendel MPhil
13:30 Faculty tour and speed dating
– Prof.dr. M.J. Versluys (Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology)
– Dr. T.D. Stek (Classical & Mediterranean Archaeology)
– Dr. B.S. During (Near Eastern Archaeology)
– Dr. S. Mire (Heritage of Indigenous Peoples)
– Prof.dr. F.C.W.J. Theuws (Medieval Archaeology)
– Drs. F.C.M. Tomas (Study Advisor)
15:15 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. M. Field – Why are archaeobotanists sex mad?

How do plants have sex? And why are plants important for archaeology? During this archaeobotany practical you will learn everything about how plants reproduce, and how they can tell us about past peoples and their environment.

Location & route

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