To introduce the activities of the archaeological research, with a particular focus on the modern methods of investigation related to excavation, archaeological survey and the study of the ancient production. Attention is also given to underwater archeology and to the cargoes of the wrecks of the Mediterranean, whose study allows us to reconstruct the history of ancient trades.
Expected learning outcomes
The course is designed to provide students with the necessary tools for the study of archaeological contexts, of the on land and underwater finds, and to elaborate and to interpret the data through archaeological and archaeometric methods.
Lesson period: First semester
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Excavations, surveys and finds in archaeological contexts: field and laboratory practice The course will provide an introduction to a wide range of basic themes of archaeological field research including excavation, survey, finds, giving space to the scientific methods (archaeometry) and their application in the archaeological field (dating methods, prospection, determination of origin, technology). The lectures include the presentation of ongoing archaeometric projects and databases realized within the Immensa Aequora project (www.immensaaequora.org). The module will be integrated with practical classes about stratigraphy and documentation/interpretation of archaeological data (Republican Villa of Dragoncello - Acilia - Ostia - Rome).