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The studies in the field of archaeology enable the acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary to work as an archaeologist. The study is designed so that the students can master the basic methodology and theory of the discipline and gain insight into prehistoric, early historic, and medieval developments, including material culture, with an emphasis on Central Europe. The high level of study is secured by a broad spectrum of specialised archaeological courses and courses with wide interdisciplinary overlap. The professional training is provided by an extensive array of technical and practical courses.

The Department of Archaeology and Museology offers an extraordinary background in the form of three field bases in which the practical training of students in field research is carried out: the best-equipped workplace for geophysical methods in the Czech Republic, a 3D laboratory, and a ceramics laboratory. Thanks to this background, the students can apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge in practice during their studies. The Department maintains numerous international contacts, within which the students can participate in foreign excavations of an oppidum, have an internship abroad within the Erasmus+ project, and attend regular presentations by foreign lecturers.

One of the objectives is to enable the graduates to make a qualified choice of their further specialisation, either through selected employment or through one of the Master’s programmes.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • explain the basic relations in prehistoric, early historic, and medieval developments in the territory of Central Europe, and carry out educational activities for the interested public (lectures, exhibitions)
  • write specialised texts on topics of Central European archaeology, work with professional literature in Czech and other languages, use computer technology appropriately
  • take part in archaeological field research (surveys and excavations), carry out ordinary fieldwork, use interdisciplinary analyses
  • use geodetic methods and devices, information technologies, and laboratory and conservation procedures
  • put in effect the principles of monument care within the current legislation
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The graduates are prepared in terms of theory, methodology, and practice to work as archaeologists in institutions for monument care, memory institutions, and public administration. Practical knowledge of geodesy, information technologies, and the basics of conservation of historical artefacts can be used by the graduates in many other professions outside archaeology. The graduates in general find employment in positions demanding the acquisition, analysis, and administration of data. The majority of graduates are expected to continue their studies in a Master’s degree programme, in which they will deepen their knowledge of archaeology and related disciplines.

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The standard duration of study is six semesters. For admittance to the final state examination, students must obtain a total of 180 ECTS credits in the single-subject study and 95/85 credits in the double-subject study (degree/non-degree studies) for required, selective, and elective courses. Required courses form the basis of specialised tuition within the discipline and make up 65 credits for degree study (including credits for courses focused on writing a Bachelor's thesis), and 55 credits for non-degree study (including credits for courses focused on writing a specialised paper). Semi-optional courses are 36/22/21 credits (single-subject/double-subject degree study/double-subject non-degree study) that students choose according to their interests and intended professional specialisation. The remaining credits are awarded to students for completing any current optional courses offered within this or/and other disciplines.

During their studies, students should follow the study catalogue for their matriculation year.

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Practical training is a compulsory part of specialised studies. The student is obliged to complete three practical trainings in field research, each lasting three weeks. Practical trainings in archaeological excavation within the Bachelor's studies are carried out after the 1st and the 2nd year of study at archaeological excavations conducted by the Department of Archaeology and Museology in Těšetice-Kyjovice and Pohansko u Břeclavi. The third practical training for students takes place at the research base in Panská Lhota. By agreement with the Department Head, it is possible to complete the practical training at excavations conducted by some other archaeological institution.

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The students must pass the state examination and successfully defend the Bachelor's thesis. The final state examination is oral. The commission poses five questions on the following topics: 1. Prehistoric archaeology of Central Europe, early prehistory; 2. Prehistoric archaeology of Central Europe, later prehistory; 3. Early historic archaeology of Central Europe; 4. Early and high medieval archaeology of Central Europe; 5. Expert knowledge of material culture from prehistory to the Middle Ages. The questions are based on topics and literature of the Bachelor's studies. The students are expected to be highly knowledgeable about Central European archaeology and relevant bibliography.

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A graduate from Bachelor's studies in the field of archaeology can (after satisfying the admission requirements) continue the Master's studies in any programme of his/her choice. At the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University it is possible to continue directly in Master's studies in the field of archaeology.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Archaeology
Abbreviation: AE
Code: 7105R001
Type: Bachelor's degree programme
Degree: Bc.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: B7105 B-HI Historical Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts
Field guarantor:
prof. Mgr. Jiří Macháček, Ph.D.