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ARCHAEOMETRY

CODE 53106
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8453 CONSERVAZIONE DEI BENI CULTURALI (L-1) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR FIS/07
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course gives an overview of the techniques and methods that are most used in the analysis of Cultural goods with different aims: diagnostics, microanalysis and dating. During the course the physical principles at the basis of these techniques will be outlined with particular attention to the description of the relative advantages/disadvantages as a function of the find/piece of work in analysis. 

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The teaching objectives of the “Archaeometry” course are to acquire basic physical knowledge of methods in relation to the dating of ancient objects, analysis of objects of artistic interest and diagnostics for conservation and restoration of objects. 

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The teaching objectives of the “Archaeometry” course are acquiring basic physical knowledge of methods relating to the dating of ancient objects, analysis of objects of artistic interest and diagnostics for conservation and restoration. At the end of the course students will have the basic knowledge to autonomously identify the technique to choose, as a function of the information they're looking for.

    PREREQUISITES

    None

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course will be given with frontal lectures with the help of presentations. Parallel to the course students can avail of the course material (notes, multimedia material including some software) which will be made available on Aulaweb.

    Classes are held in presence. Attendance, although not compulsory, is recommended. The lecturer, at the specific request of a student (by e-mail), may allow him/her to follow classes remotely via “Teams” platform.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Programme for students taking the course for 6 cfu


    Contents
    a) Diagnostic methods: Digital photography, digital analysis of images, microphotography, grazing light photography, UV Reflectography, IR Reflectography, infra-red photos with false colour, UV and IR spectroscopy, elements of colorimetry, structured light, thermography, time of flight laser scanner. X and gamma tomography, ultrasonic tomography. X Radiography.

    b) Microanalysis methods: x ray fluorescence, electronic microscopy and SPM, optical and stratigraphical microscopy, PIXE and PIGE.

    c) Dating methods: general aspects, absolute and relative dating, dating using natural phenomena and isotopes, dating using thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence, archaeomagnetism. Dating using ultra-sensitive mass spectrometer. 

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    February 13, 2023

    Class schedule

    ARCHAEOMETRY

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    oral examination. The exam aims to verify the candidate's knowledge of experimental techniques and physical principles seen in class

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam will verify the effective acquisition of basic knowledge on some physical methodologies and their applications for the analysis of works of historical and artistic interest. The questions will allow to evaluate the ability to apply knowledge in practical situations that can occur in the field, also with reference to the safety measures to be considered during the application of certain methods.