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ARK4410 – University of Oslo Summer School in Archaeology

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Course content

The course provides an overview of the Bronze Age and Iron Age in Scandinavia. You will be introduced to the empirical, theoretical and methodological foundation of current research issues within Norwegian and Northern European archaeology.

In addition to general lectures, the course includes seminars and excursions to museums and famous monuments. Seminars and excursions are informal and encourage lively discussion.

Learning outcome

In this course you will develop knowledge and understanding of Bronze Age and Iron Age societies in Scandinavia. When you have completed this course you will:

  • have gained an understanding of central themes and the disciplinary context of current Bronze Age and Iron Age research,
  • be familiar with the material culture, contexts and relevant sites from Scandinavian Bronze Age and Iron Age archaeology
  • be able to identify aspects of the material culture relevant for research interpretations
  • be familiar with the theoretical underpinnings of archaeological interpretations
  • have the ability to evaluate the relationship between material culture, theories, methods and interpretations


If there are more applicants than available places the department will rank according to grade point average.

All applicants who wish to participate in the course must download and fill out the application form beneath.

Send the application form to:

University of Oslo, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, Att: Helena Neumann, P.O. Box 1019 Blindern, NO-0315 Oslo, Norway or by e-mail to within the application deadline.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The applicant must hold a bachelor degree in archaeology or equivalent and be able to document status as active student

The course requires good abilities in reading and understanding English.


The Summer School in Archaeology is an intensive and challenging educational experience.

Teaching takes place over a period of two weeks in August. The teaching consists of 12 lectures, 6 seminars and 2 excursions (including visits to museums). Attendance for lectures, seminars and excursions is compulsory.

In July students are to do independent work. Fronter, the learning portal of University of Oslo, will be open for learning activities. Students are to have read the full reading list (c. 1000 pages) before the teaching starts. The students should also prepare for their mandatory oral presentation. The reading list and a guideline for the course will be distributed to the students in June.


4 hour written exam

The students are to give one oral presentation during the course (mandatory). The presentation will be subject to the approval of the subject teacher and must be approved before the student sits for his/her exam.

Dictionaries are allowed. No technical equipment is allowed.

It is generally possible to submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Students who due to illness or other valid reason of absence were unable to sit for their final exams may apply for participation in make-up exams. Make-up exams in the form of a 4 hour written exam in Fronter are arranged later the same semester. Documentation of valid reasons of absence from the regular exam must be submitted upon application to participate in make-up exams.
Students who have failed an exam and students who wish to re-take an exam to achieve a better grade may not participate in make-up exams, but must re-take the exam when it is regularly scheduled.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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