2023-2024 / HAAR0164-1

Archaeology of buildings from late antiquity to the industrial revolution


30h SEM

Number of credits

 Master in history (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : archeometrics (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 


Line Van Wersch

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

After a historiographical introduction, the methodological approach will include a first lesson on vocabulary. Secondly, we will trace the evolution of building materials, their characteristics and techniques of use.

We will then focus on the specific methods applied in building archaeology. We will take a theoretical look at the preliminary studies that need to be carried out and the different survey techniques. We will review the various stages of the work and the creation of a table or database for recording information. We will look at the programmes that can be used and the relevant data for analysing buildings.

The theory will be supplemented by case studies, field visits and practical workshops, as well as by meetings with specialists in the various themes related to buildings archaeology.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To have a overview of today methodology in building archaeology and preparatory architectural investigation in the restoration of historical buildings.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Ex cathedra courses, practical and visits

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

Bibliography available on e-campus

Oral examination and personnal case study.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

A larger part of the course will be devoted to visits and practical workshops.


Line Van Wersch

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