ARCHEOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aimed to supply a necessarily synthetic vision of archaeology on the field: i.e. its theoretical foundations, methods, several articulations and applications. This global vision is necessary in order to know and correctly estimate the contribution of the archaeological sources to the acquaintance, safeguard and valorisation of the archaeological cultural heritage
Course contents summary
Title 2008/2009: Methods and techniques of the archaeological research.
The course means to introduce in necessarily synthetic way the objectives, methods and results of the archaeological research: choice of digging location, geophysical prospections, digging methods, materials documentation and studies, conservation and valorisation. The aspects of urban archaeology and archaeology of emergency will be particularly considered. The course (40 hours 5 cfu) is articulated in a part of frontal lessons, seminaries, practical activities in laboratory, and visits to digging sites. At the end of course a written and practical test of verification will be take and a short written text concerning one of the deepening arguments of seminaries will be discussed in an oral exam.
Moreover, from the 18 September 2008 a Laboratory of Ceramics in Archaeology will be activated in the Laboratory of the Ducal Park, focused in the archaeological ceramics treatment and studies. This laboratory offers the possibility of the acquisition of cfu like formative training.
C. Renfrew, A. Bahn, Archeologia. Teoria, metodi, pratica, Bologna 2006 ( selected pages)
didactic materials in the lessons
The frontal lessons are equipped from illustrative material on hand of the students. Numerous participations of experts (from the archaeological soprintendenze, directors of museums, enterprises of archaeology) will be organized, that they introduce some concrete cases of study. Wide part of the course is carried out in the archaeology laboratory. The direct contact with ancients materials is facilitated with some visits in museums, laboratories and archaeological sites and excavations. The didactic internationalization will be realized through some scholars lectures from European universities connected in Socrates program. A written and practical test of verification will be take and a short written text concerning one of the deepening arguments of seminaries will be discussed in an oral exam.