ARCHAEOLOGY AND MATERIAL CULTURE
- Academic year
- 2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
- Official course title
- ARCHEOLOGIA E CULTURA MATERIALE
- Course code
- FT0560 (AF:385560 AR:201246)
- On campus classes
- ECTS credits
- Degree level
- Bachelor's Degree Programme
- Educational sector code
- 4th Term
- Course year
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Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
Expected learning outcomes
● To know the objectives and methods of the discipline under study
● To know the theories and methods for the study of archaeological data pertaining to the course.
● To know the basic archaeological terminology in reference to the cultural context of the course.
● To knows the basic procedures relating to the treatment of a specific class of specimens: ceramics.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
● To know how to correctly use the archaeological reference terminology for the course
● To know how to make appropriate chronological and topographical references.
● To know how to evaluate the information potential of archaeological data and establish the most appropriate methods of analysis and elaboration in relation to specific research objectives.
● To be able to re-elaborate and connect appropriately the information and knowledge acquired during the course, in order to develop and illustrate simple research paths.
3. Ability to judge
● To know how to formulate and argue on the issues pertaining to the course, also developing a critical and informed approach to evaluating alternative hypotheses.
4. Communication skills
● To know how to communicate one's own reflections starting from a concrete case study, using an appropriate terminology, also knowing how to interact in debates and moments of group discussion in the classroom.
5. Learning skills
● Be able to take notes and share them in a collaborative way also on the online platform.
● To know how to critically consult the reference texts and the bibliography contained in them.
What is an object? Brief definition and history of material culture in archeology.
What methods are used to investigate the findings of material culture? Between archeology, anthropology and hard sciences: an interdisciplinary theme!
What are the finds of material culture in archeology for? How to reconstruct chronologies, contexts, micro-stories, processes and macro-stories. What information does the study of objects provide us with? The finds as a tool to investigate the relationships between people and things (knowledge, practices, rituals, ceremonial, ...), between things and things, to reconstruct the processes that produce objects etc.
B) Practical case and training in classroom: the potential of ceramics in archeology. How to document and investigate it? Exercises and insights into Roman ceramics by manipulating ancient materials from the Ca 'Foscari excavations in Aquileia.
How to recognize and treat the ceramic finds? How to document them? Documenting during the excavation and after the excavation: drawing, photography, classification, study and publication of ceramics. Beyond the excavation: extracting data and information from ceramic finds through laboratory investigations. The study of fabrics, coatings and the determination of the paleocontent.
There is NOT a program for non-attending students
Further readings will be recommended in class.
a) lectures with the aid of power point presentations;
b) interactive practical lectures using ancient ceramics;
c) teaching material available on the moodle.unive.it e-learning platform. to supplement the notes taken in the classroom.
2) During the year there will be seminars aimed at implementing the technical-practical skills, specifically aimed at building the profession of the archaeologist, enriching the preparation and competence. These are closed-ended seminars on the recognition, filing, design and computerized processing of ceramics, which include lectures accompanied by practical exercises. For pre-enrollment contact the teacher by e-mail.
3) Between June and September 2023 an excavation is planned on the site of Aquileia Roman port - eastern shore with a limited number (http://www.unive.it/pag/32776/ ). To participate in the excavation it is necessary to have obtained the certificate of the safety course, to have a tetanus coverage and to have a medical certificate of good health. For pre-enrollment contact the teacher by e-mail by April 2023.
4) Dissertations: IN ADDITION TOPICS proposed by students, the course offers dissertations linked to the teacher's ongoing research projects and related to the archeology of production, the interaction between man and the environment in ancient times, excavations in progress at Aquileia and aspects of studies of artifacs. Also available dissertations in physical anthropology, using the data related to the study project of the necropolis of Piazza Corrubbio in Verona and the relative findings (human bones, ceramics, glass, metals).
Type of exam
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