Teaching workshop: Cataloging and analysing archeological artefacts: from excavation to publication

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The workshop enriches students' technical-professional skills, in order to allow them to find employment on archaeological excavation sites, in museums and superintendencies at the end of the training course. It also represents a required improvement to the professional training for students aiming to go on in scientific research.
Expected learning outcomes
Through this workshop students are provided with bibliographic and tools necessary to design and carry out a correct catalogue of the material culture brought to light during archaeological excavations. Particular attention is paid to different typologies of ceramics, metal and glass instruments.
Course syllabus and organization


Lesson period
Second semester
Should the health emergency continue, classes will be in any way in-person classes, with simultaneous broadcasting in streaming.
Students will be able to find any information to access the classes and news about any change in the bibliography on Ariel website at the beginning of the 2nd semester.
If students are not allowed to take their exams as indicated in the Syllabus due to the health emergency, the exam will be carried out electronically as communicated on Ariel website at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
Lesson 1: how to make a vase;
Lesson 2: ceramic typology;
Lesson 3: archaeological contexts;
Lessons 4/5: the Magna Graecia ceramic classes;
Lesson 6: how to work out a catalogue of vases;
Lesson 7: how to describe the parts of the vessels;
Lesson 8: main bibliography on major ceramic vessels in Greece and Magna Grecia;
Lessons 9/10: practical exercise.
The last 30/20 minutes of each lesson will also be dedicated to short practical tests to resume the topics explained during the frontal exposure.
Prerequisites for admission
Special prerequisites are not requested for admission.
Teaching methods
Lessons are to be given in classroom.
Teaching Resources
- C. Lambrugo, Nella bottega del vasaio greco, in G. Bejor, M. Castoldi, C. Lambrugo, E. Panero, Botteghe e artigiani. Marmorari, bronzisti, ceramisti e vetrai nell'antichità classica, Milano 2012, pp. 65-129;
- E.M. De Juliis, Mille anni di ceramica in Puglia, Bari 1997;
- A. D. Trendall, Red Figure Vases of South Italy and Sicily. A Handbook, London 1989.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The teacher verifies in the classroom that the activities are correctly followed by all the participants. Attendance is in fact compulsory with a possibility of absences not exceeding 10% (2 hours).
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours
Professor: Lambrugo Claudia


Lesson period
First semester
Lessons will be held in classroom. If the sanitary emergency gets worse, the lessons wil be held online (Micorosoft Teams).
Course syllabus
This workshop aims to provide the basic information about the study of the archaeological finds through lessons and practical activities. The students will learn the guidelines about the first field operations dealing with the finds, then will be taught about the detailed classification criteria and the related bibliography in order to draw up the finding card and the calalog. In the wide frame of the type of artefacts that could be found in any archaeological site, a particular focus will be given to the ones (such as pottery) that are more common and/or very reliable for the chronology. Finally, the students will be introduced to the most updated guidelines for the data publication according to the current scientific literature.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific requirements. The workshop is open to bachelor (Cultural Heritage) and master (Archaeology) degree students. Having already passed at least one of the main archaeological exams and taken part to an excavation or the archaeological drawing workshop is recommended.
Teaching methods
Lessons and practical activities will be held in classroom
Teaching Resources
- A. Guidi, I metodi della ricerca archeologica, Laterza, Bari, 2005, pgs. 57-122 (chapters 4, 5, 6). The volume can be found in the University libraries "Scienze dell'Antichità e Filologia Moderna (SAFM)" and "Sala Settecento. Studi giuridici e umanistici".
- A. Gabucci, L'archeologia come mestiere. Dallo scavo al magazzino: i materiali, Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2013 (open access https://www.openstarts.units.it/handle/10077/10321).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The students, during the practical activities, will be evaluated by the teacher about the achieving the intending goals of the workshop. The attendance is mandatory (at least the 90% of the hours).
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours
Professor: Giovanelli Enrico