Formation processes in archaeological sites

A.Y. 2017/2018
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
GEO/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The goal of this course is to provide students with the basic knowledge to describe and characterize the archaeological deposits at the microscope.
Expected learning outcomes
Capability to describe archaeological deposits thin sections at the microscope and to provide their interpretation.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Introduction: the microscopic record in archaeology.
Micromorphology of thin sections: history, undisturbed samples, sampling and preparation, the polarizing microscope.
The thin sections description of soils and archaeological deposits: descriptive criteria and basic concepts (fabric, microstructure, mineral and organic constituents, groundmass, C / F ratio, pedofeatures).
The micromorphology for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction: the frost features, the coarse illuviation, the onset of dry conditions, the formation of calcareous crusts, the relict features.
The micromorphology as geoarchaeological tool: features related to land use and to activities in settlement sites (pastoralism, hearths, floors, urban areas).
Study cases.
GEO/04 - PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND GEOMORPHOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
On appointment
Mangiagalli 34, 2nd floor, room 77
Reception:
Mon-Fri, 9-11.
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "Ardito Desio", Via L. Mangiagalli 34, 20133 Milano