Careers in Archaeology and Digital Archaeology

The University of Tours is one of the only places in France and Europe to offer a master’s degree that integrates digital archaeology (archaeology and information technology). Attached to the Archaeology and Territories Laboratory (UMR 7324 CITERES University of Tours-CNRS), it benefits from a strong partnership in training and research with Inrap.

Its main objective is to train future archaeologists in the practice of archaeology in line with current issues. Its first aim is to meet the expectations of preventive archaeology as well as those of innovative research based on the implementation of first hand data. Students will be able to plan their course according to their career objectives and centres of interest: spatial analysis in urban or rural environments, architecture and construction techniques, zooarchaeology and furniture studies (ceramics, glass, metallic objects), from Protohistory to Modern Times.

Beyond a master’s degree, the objective is to develop new types of professional training and new fields of research at Post-Masters and Doctorate level.

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Master 1

First semester

  1. Common HCP and HN degrees core courses: General introduction to the curriculum: Research, Heritage, Digitisation (16 hours)
  2. Common HCP degree core courses: Research methodology and digital tools (42 hours)
  3. Capacity-building module (24 hours)
  4. Digital Archaeology 1: Introduction to the acquisition, structuring and processing of archaeological data (60 hours)
  5. Archaeology 1 seminars: Societies, environments and territories (60 hours)
  6. Research paper

Second semester

  1. Common HCP degree core courses : Research methodology and digital tools (46 hours)
  2. Capacity-building module (24 hours)
  3. Archaeology 2 seminars: Societies, environments and territories (60 hours)
  4. Digital Archaeology 2: Processing, analysis and modelling of archaeological data (32 hours)
  5. Research paper
  6. Professional training module (10 hours)

Master 2

First semester

  1. Common HCP degree core courses: Research methodology and digital tools (42 hours)
  2. Capacity-building module (24 hours)
  3. Digital Archaeology 3: Processing, analysis and modelling of archaeological data (60 hours)
  4. Archaeology 3 seminars: Societies, environments and territories (40 hours)
  5. Digital Archaeology 4: Introduction to advanced tools and methods for processing archaeological data (52 hours)
  6. Transcript of records

Second semester

  1. Workshop (36 hours) and Seminar (20 hours)
  2. Short or long-term internship
  3. Dissertation or internship analysis
  4. Professional training module (10 hours)

Recommended Bachelors

Bachelor in Humanities, Social Sciences and Digital Sciences


Composition of the application file

Official transcript of bachelor, and master 1 for the entry in master 2, CV (without photo), Letter of motivation (with precision on the research project and professional, specific motivation for the envisaged training, quality of the expression)

Recruitment Criteria

Analysis of the application file and possible interview


Registration Period :

From April 23 to May 25, 2018


Register here

Program supervisor : Elisabeth Lorans
master.m2a@univ-tours.fr