Battlefields Uncovered: Introduction to Archaeological and Historical Investigations of Conflict

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This course brings together former and serving military personnel and university students to explore the archaeology of Waterloo and other iconic battlefields together. Sharing interests and insights, no matter what people’s background or experience, is at the heart of Waterloo Uncovered.

What do battlefields have to tell us about the past and about ourselves?

Battlefields Uncovered studies some of the most dramatic turning points in World History through the lens of Military History and Archaeology. See how groundbreaking archaeological techniques can shine a light through the fog of war. Discover the complex issues to be considered when preserving and presenting places of past armed conflict. Consider what stories should be told. And by whom? Discuss different perspectives on these questions with a diverse group of people including world-leading archaeologists and historians, museum experts and military veterans. 

The course will take place online. 

You can begin following the course from the 13th September 2021. There will be an online graduation on the 10th of December.

Between those dates, an engaging mix of theory, research and focus on practical techniques will be released in the form of lectures and workshops. You can mostly follow them when it suits you best. You will also take part in and online discussions and assessed seminars in small groups in October and November. 

If you are interested in military history; wanting an introduction to practical archaeology; intrigued by narratives and representations of conflict; excited by the idea of learning alongside people from a military background or from such a background yourself and wanting to develop new skills, then this is the course for you!

Teaching is in English, and you’ll be placed in an online group for interactive seminars and discussions.

An impressive list of guest lecturers includes:

  • Professor Tony Pollard, Director for the Centre of Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow, and lead archaeologist for Waterloo Uncovered;
  • Professor Ben Schoenmaker of the Dutch Institute for Military History, and Leiden University;
  • Dr Tobias van Gent, Associate Professor of History at University College Roosevelt and Member of the Dutch Parliament.
Course director
Dr. Floris van den Eijnde


Vicki Haverkate (WU), Dr. Helle Hochscheid (University College Roosevelt).

Other members of the Waterloo Uncovered Team: for example Prof. Tony Pollard, Dr Stuart Eve, Mark Evans (CEO).

Target audience

This course is aimed primarily at:

  • Undergraduate students
  • Postgraduate students new to the field of conflict archaeology
  • Serving and former military personnel wishing to learn about battlefield archaeology or indeed archaeology in general.

It is not necessary for participants to have taken university courses in archaeology or history before but some familiarity with and interest in the topics should be demonstrated.

Because some participants may be vulnerable, Waterloo Uncovered will interview participants and be selective about admissions.

Aim of the course

Academic aims:

  • Develop specific knowledge of past conflict from a range of geographical and temporal contexts;
  • Develop an understanding of the interplay between historical and archaeological sources;
  • Develop the ability to discuss knowledge and perspectives about the past;
  • Develop an understanding of issues around the preservation of sites of conflict;
  • Develop an understanding of issues around the presentation and or commemoration of conflict;
  • Develop an understanding of archaeological methods and techniques;
  • Participants will also experience working with others from very diverse international and social backgrounds.

Study load

This course will take around 30 hours in total (including all contact time and reading) spread over three months. This is roughly 2 hours a week. 


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Extra application information

Places are limited. Early application is highly recommended. 

Applications may close before June 10th. In the event of significant oversubscription. 

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Vicki Haverkate | Email:


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
30 September 2021