Course code: ARKN11
Swedish title: Arkeologi och antikens historia: Arkeologisk teori och materiell kultur
Credits: 15

Study period: autumn semester 2023
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2023-08-28 – 2023-11-03
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-30050
Eligibility: ARKK04 Archaeology: B.A. Course - Level 3, 30 ECTS credits, ARKH04 Historical Archaeology: B.A. Course - Level 3, 30 ECTS credits, AKSK04 Classical Archaeology and Ancient History: B.A. Course - Level 3, 30 ECTS credits, or HOSK04 Historical Osteology: B. A. Course - Level 3, 30 ECTS credits (or equivalent course).

Introductory meeting: 2023-08-28 at 9:15 – 12:00 in LUX:A127

Teachers: Susanne Berndt Ersöz, Peter Jordan, Maria Nilsson, Anna Tornberg


Material culture is the hub of archaeology. However, things do not speak to us; it is up to us to ask questions which enable us to elicit information about past lives. In this course we explore the theoretical debate in archaeology from the last decade, focusing especially on its impact on the study of material culture. Material culture studies is an interdisciplinary field that addresses the central core of archaeological inquiry, such as the relationship between form, function and meaning of objects, the interdependence of space, bodies and objects, crafting and performance, things and identity, etc. It does this by applying perspectives drawn from a broad field of disciplines including not only archaeology and anthropology, but also art history, museum studies, sociology, philosophy, psychology and cognitive science. The course is designed to explore these theoretical approaches from the perspective of a wide range of time periods, thus encouraging students to develop a critical understanding of the relationships between theory, method and material culture in a variety of temporal and spatial contexts.


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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