The Department of Archaeology has been a stable part of the structure of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Hradec Králové (FF UHK) since the time of its establishment. It provides instruction in accredited study programmes – Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees in Archaeology.
The aim of the study programme is to allow the students graduating at the Bachelor’s level to make a qualified choice between further study and practical work experience. The study programme reflects the contemporary conditions and possibilities of archaeological practice, starting with archaeological prospection and excavation and ending up with the presentation of the archaeological heritage to the public. It also takes into account the social context of an archaeologist’s scope of work. At present, archaeologists are often involved in practical excavations caused by construction activities and often face situations when they have to quickly evaluate the available information in order to choose a methodically acceptable method for rescuing archaeological monuments. That is why the proposed study programme aims at acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for outlining and implementing an adequate excavation strategy under the given legal and financial framework. Attention is also paid to the processing of excavation results and their subsequent sharing with both the professional and lay public which sort of tops the archaeologist’s effort. It results from this that the graduate is not only an expert trained in fieldwork but he also has to know relevant facts in order to be able to assess available archaeological sources.
The Master’s degree in the field of Archaeology is a two-year follow-up programme which is intended for holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology or related historical disciplines. The graduates of the Master’s programme in Archaeology are trained as experts in archaeological fieldwork and its organisation. They become familiar with all relevant facts needed for the evaluation of available archaeological sources and the degree of their transformation. They learn how to choose an adequate strategy for an archaeological excavation and how to organize its course. They are introduced to the knowledge of particular archaeological evidence in broader contexts of historical processes. In contrast to the Bachelor’s degree, teaching about the source base is extended with the European context. An unneglectable role here is also played by instruction about the principles of theoretical assessment and interpretation of material sources leading to the cognition of the nature and development of past societies, supported by broader professional contexts inspired by cultural and social anthropology, ethnography, archaeological experiments and history. The graduate of the Master’s programme is prepared to manage museum collections, lead field excavations, and to carry out scholarly work in various archaeological institutions.
The goal of the doctoral programme in Archaeology is to prepare highly qualified experts in central European archaeology who will be able to independently tackle the scientific, methodological and practical aspects of archaeological work. The doctoral programme aims to contribute to the improvement in the qualification structure of work teams in university departments and institutions and, at the same time, it offers possibilities for further career development to experienced and qualified archaeologists.