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History of Construction and Heritage


Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in Archaeology or other relevant discipline obtained.


This practical lecture series starts with the basics of construction history, ‘Standing up Archaeology’.
Several tutorials will address:

  • Stone and brick (types, bonds, ages, finishing)

  • Timber (types, marks, walls, floors, ceilings and roofs)

  • Windows and doors

  • Foundations and cellars

  • Heritage and restoration

Subsequently, there will be a practical exercise, in which will be explained how to make a documentation and description of one element of an existing building, which will lead to the final paper.

Course objectives

Using a building element and placing it in a functional and historical context will result in a final paper, to be delivered in May.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Tutorials;

  • Excursion.

Assessment method

  • Midterm exam (50%);

  • Final paper (50%).

The paper needs to be at least a 5.5: no compensation is allowed.
A retake is only possible for the final paper, but only if all other requirements have been met.

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button. To view the assessment deadline(s), make sure to select the course with a code ending in T and/or R.

Reading list

  • To be composed individually;

  • For Dutch students: Stenvert, R. en G. van Tussenbroek, 2020. Inleiding in de Bouwhistorie. Utrecht: Matrijs.


Enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.

General information about registration can be found on the Course and Exam Enrolment page.

Exchange and Study Abroad students: please see the Study Abroad/Exchange website for information on how to apply.

All information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).


For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. ing. D.J. (Dirk) de Vries.


Compulsory attendance.