Economic and Raw Material Archaeology

... looks into questions such as ...

  • Which scientific methods does archaeology apply to investigate the material legacies of past civilisations?
  • How are objects and monuments of past cultures analysed and classified within a cultural and historical context?
  • Which functions do object and monuments have within their respective cultures and which conclusions regarding those cultures and their societies may be drawn from them?
  • How does one research and analyse past cultures?

Degree programmes


Economic and Raw Material Archaeology, Master 2 subject


Degree: Master of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: German

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What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

students have the chance to deepen the competencies acquired in the archaeology B.A. course by focusing on subjects pertaining to economic and raw material archaeology. Moreover, affiliated institutions provide workplace-related training on a scientific level.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Researching economic correlations from an archaeological point of view
  • Autonomous compilation and reflection of current scientific position
  • Problems of the economy and raw material extraction in ancient cultures and the material tradition thereof
  • Factors affecting development, functional, social and heritage-related contexts, plus informative intentions inherent to the artefacts
  • Categories, functions, techniques, contexts
  • Understanding of historical and heritage-related contexts using the example of ancient cultures
  • Careers in archaeology (heritage protection)

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,

... have:
basic historical and geographical know-how, good powers of observation, an interest in cultural and historical correlations and issues, considerable interest in economic correlations in ancient cultures, basic understanding of archaeological and historical disciplines, the ability of communicating complex contents orally and in writing, idealism coupled with high frustration tolerance
... enjoy:
critical discourse regarding the material legacies of prehistoric cultures, communicating and transferring knowledge, developing individual research positions, interdisciplinary integration of cultural and natural sciences
... struggle through:
a plethora of archaeological finds from various excavation sites and various eras and cultures, comprehensive foreign-language (e.g. English, French, Spanish) literature, preparing written papers and oral presentations, portfolios and assessments of data collation in the field of natural science

This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • Archaeological, historical and several cultural science studies
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in museum and exhibition management
  • in the field of heritage protection
  • at universities and in academia in general
  • in adult education and tourism
  • in arts administration

And else?

An internship ...

is recommended. It is done from the 1st semester.
Duration: min. 4 weeks

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 2nd-3rd semester.
Duration: 1-2 semesters

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöllner
Building, Room: Am Bergbaumuseum 31 / 0.3.1a
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-22546
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Archäologie
Building, Room: Am Bergbaumuseum 31, Raum 1.1.1b
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-24677
Website Fachschaft

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