1. Formation continue
  2. Formation continue
  3. EN
  4. Summer Schools
  5. Summer schools at ULB
  6. By discipline

Summer School - Certificate in Archaeological Soil Micromorphology and Phytolith Analysis

The Certificate in Archaeological Soil Micromorphology and Phytolith Analysis builds on the expertise developed by the Research Centre in Archaeology and Heritage at the Université libre de Bruxelles combining micromorphology and phytolith analysis, shedding a new light on archaeological stratigraphy and the identification of human activity.

Course content

The Certificate in Archaeological Soil Micromorphology and Phytolith Analysis is a one-week summer training programme in English organised by the CreA-Patrimoine from 3 to 8 August 2020, including preparatory readings, high-quality lectures, intensive microscopy sessions and an on-site visit in the Brussels area.

It is divided into two courses:

1. Introduction to archaeological soil micromorphology

  • General introduction to soil micromorphology: concept and principles
  • Introduction to optical soil mineralogy
  • Application of soil micromorphology to archaeology

2. Introduction to phytolith analysis

  • General introduction to phytolith studies: concept and principles
  • Introduction to phytolith studies in archaeological soil thin sections
  • Application of phytolith analysis to archaeology

Learning outcomes
This training programme aims to provide participants with the basic skills required for performing a comprehensive micromorphological study. They will learn:

  • the basic principles of soil micromorphology, optical mineralogy and phytolith studies
  • how to perform microscopic observations on soil thin sections, describe soil thin sections and interpret their observations
  • how to integrate their data within the larger framework of geoarchaeological studies.

Selected participants will receive a list of preparatory readings. The final assessment will take place at the end of the week. It will be based on image analysis and the description and interpretation of a soil thin section.

Course leaders
Yannick Devos, Researcher, MARI, VUB
Luc Vrydaghs, Researcher, MARI, VUB
Nadine Mattielli, Professor, Laboratoire G-Time, ULB

Target audience

This programme is designed for graduate students, PhD students, researchers in archaeology, history, art history, geology, agronomy, anthropology and for professionals in archaeology.

It is accessible to candidates holding a bachelor degree or through recognition of prior learning. Participants are expected to have a sufficient command of English to follow classes and interact.

Practical information

Classes will start on Monday 3 August 2020 at 9am and end on Saturday 8 August 2020 at 2pm. A welcome drink will be organised on Sunday 2 August 2020 in the late afternoon. 

Solbosch Campus, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. 

Self-catered housing can be arranged in a student house on campus for 6 nights. Participants will stay in a single room with a private bathroom and access to a common kitchen area. They will be expected to check-in on Sunday 2 August in the afternoon and to check-out on Saturday 8 August 2020 in the afternoon.

For more information about accommodation on campus or in Brussels, please contact summerschool@ulb.be.

Participants will receive 10 credits upon successful completion of the programme.

Course fee: €500 (course, coffee breaks, welcoming drink).
Accommodation fee: €240. 

Cancellation policy
Cancellation by the participant:
Participants who wish to cancel their registration must send an email to summerschool@ulb.be.
Cancellation more than 15 days before the start of the programme: a non-refundable administrative €250 fee will apply.
Cancellation less than 15 days before the start of the programme: no refund.
All refunds are made in euros. In any case, travel costs, visa costs and any other cost will not be refunded.

Cancellation by the organisers:
If the number of applicants is too low or too high, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the programme or to open waiting lists. If the programme is cancelled by the organisers, the registration fee will be refunded in full. In any case, travel costs, visa costs and any other expenses will not be refunded. Please keep this in mind when making travel arrangements. 

Depending on your nationality and the length of your stay, you might need a visa to enter Belgium. Visa procedures may take several weeks. For more information, visit the website of the Foreigners Department of the FPS Home Affairs. Please note that we can only issue an invitation letter if your application has been accepted by the selection committee and we have received the payment of your registration fee. 

For any question, please contact us at summerschool@ulb.be.


Application procedure
1. Please fill in the application form below by 15 April 2020. You will be required to upload a CV (max. 2 page) and a motivation statement (max. 1 page) in PDF format. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants. 
2. Wait for approval of your application. You will be notified by email. 
3. If your application is accepted, pay the registration fee within 10 days after approval to secure your spot.

I have read and I agree with the registration and cancellation policies (see above and "practical information") (*)

enter the word in the caption

Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) – 1050 Bruxelles, avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50, Belgium – is the Data Controller of the personal data collected in the context of your application to a continuing education programme. In this capacity, ULB respects the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27/04/2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR). The data collected by ULB through this form are solely gathered for the purposes of assessing your application with regard to the selection criteria and for your registration should your application be validated. The personal data include at least the data provided in this form. ULB commits to taking the appropriate measures to guarantee their confidential treatment. The staff of ULB services has access to this data only to the extent necessary for the execution of its corresponding tasks. Personal data are not shared with third parties. Any question regarding the application process can be addressed to summerschool@ulb.be.Applicants can address their queries on the treatment of their Personal Data to ULB’s Data Protection Officer by sending an email to rgpd@ulb.ac.be. This address can also be used, upon justification of identity, to exercise the rights to request access to and rectification or erasure of the personal data or, under conditions, restriction of processing, the right to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. All necessary information on ULB’s Personal Data Protection policy is available at https://www.ulb.be/fr/mentions-legales-1

  Logo_CreA        Logo MARI VUB          Logo G_Time      Logo_Urban
Updated on March 16, 2020