Battlefields Uncovered: Introduction to Archaeological and Historical Investigations of Conflict

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Please note that this is an online course. 

Utrecht University and Waterloo Uncovered are running a specially adapted course exploring the famous Battlefield. Learn about the latest discoveries made on Napoleon’s final battlefield by Waterloo Uncovered -a charity combining world-class archaeology with the recovery and welfare of military veterans. Discover how what archaeological approaches to the battlefield of Waterloo and the finds recovered there can tell us about wider archaeological and historical investigations of conflict. 

Battlefields Uncovered 2020 is going ahead!

You can still study one of the most dramatic turning points in World History, the battle of Waterloo, through the lens of Military History and Archaeology.

Battlefields Uncovered will give you the chance to earn transferable academic credits under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), worth 1 point towards a formal academic qualification.

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.

The course will take place online. You can begin following the course from the 13th of May. There will be an online gradation on the 17th of July. Between those dates, an engaging mix of theory, research and focus on practical techniques, in the form of lectures and workshops will be released and you can mostly follow them when it suits you best. You will also take part in and online discussions each week. There will be seminars in small groups in June and July.

If you are: interested in military history; wanting an introduction to practical archaeology; looking to gain additional academic credits; from a military background and wanting to develop new skills, this is the course for you!

No previous academic qualifications are necessary. Teaching is in English, and you’ll be placed in an online group for interactive seminars and discussions.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

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 and 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.

Course aim

To gain :

  • Specific knowledge of the battle of Waterloo
  • An understanding of the interplay between historical and archaeological sources which can be more widely applied to many studies of the past 
  • The ability to discuss knowledge and perspectives about the past 
  • Insight into archaeological methods and techniques. 

Study load

Over the summer of 2020 there will be 30 hours of Lectures, Podcasts, Interactive workshops and seminars. Plus readings and related video content.

The opening videos will be released on the morning of May the 13th. In these videos, we will explain a little more about the course and what to expect. You can watch the videos in your own time. You will be able to take part in an online meeting afterwards to discuss it with us and ask questions. There will be three meetings spread over the afternoon and evening so that you can choose a time that suits you. All materials will be released throughout May, June and July. Live interactive moments have set times but other activities can be followed in your own time. You will be informed by email how to access the content on Tuesday the 12th of May.


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Application deadline: 10 June 2020

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