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CODE 65089
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-ANT/10
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course reflects on the objectives and methods of contemporary archaeology with a series of in depth studies of theoretical and praticai methods of archaeological research in the field (survey and archaeological excavation).

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Aim of the course is providing students with basic information on the main methods applied in archeology, with particular regard to field research. At the end of the course, knowledge and critical elements will be acquired regarding the various fields of application of archeology, the methods and strategies of intervention in the field, the methods of construction of the stratigraphic sequences and the post-excavation phases of data re-elaboration.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, the student will have acquired:

• Basic knowledge on the archaeological research methods
• Knowledge on the archaeological excavation methods and strategies as well as on the archaeological stratigraphy
• Ability to compile a matrix of the stratigraphic units according to the Harris method.

PREREQUISITES

No prerequisite required

TEACHING METHODS

Classes are held in presence. Although not compulsory, attendance is highly 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

  • Questions, methods and problems of contemporary archaeology.
  • Development of the stratigraphical approach in archaeology and the contribution of scientific approaches.
  • Sites and contexts: diagnostic and evaluation systems.
  • Strategies, methods and instruments: field work.
  • Archaeological stratigraphy and the Harris diagram.
  • Archaeology and stratigraphy of architecture.
  • Phases of post-excavation analysis of data and findings.
  • Relative and absolute chronology.
  • Dating and characterisation systems.

 

Programme for students taking the course for 9 cfu

  • Questions, methods and problems of contemporary archaeology.
  • Development of the stratigraphical approach in archaeology and the contribution of scientific approaches.
  • Sites and contexts: diagnostic and evaluation systems.
  • Strategies, methods and instruments: field work.
  • Archaeological stratigraphy and the Harris diagram.
  • Archaeology and stratigraphy of architecture.
  • Phases of post-excavation analysis of data and findings.
  • Relative and absolute chronology.
  • Dating and characterisation systems.
  • From the archaeological excavation to the publication of research.
  • Public archaeology.
  • Conservation, protection and enhancement.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography for students taking the course for 6 cfu

 

  • D. Manacorda, Lezioni di archeologia, Bari 2008 (2010).
  • C. Renfrew, P. Bahn, Archeologia. Teorie, metodi, pratica, Bologna 1995 (2006, 2010). Prima parte (fino a p. 162 dell’edizione 2010).
  • A. Carandini, Storie dalla terra. Manuale di scavo archeologico, Torino 1991 (2010).

 

Bibliography for students taking the course for 9 cfu

  • D. Manacorda, Lezioni di archeologia, Bari 2008 (2010).
  • C. Renfrew, P. Bahn, Archeologia. Teorie, metodi, pratica, Bologna 1995 (2006, 2010). Prima parte (fino a p. 162 dell’edizione 2010).
  • A. Carandini, Storie dalla terra. Manuale di scavo archeologico, Torino 1991 (2010).
  • E. C. Harris, Principi di stratigrafia archeologica, Roma 1983 (2012).
  • G. Volpe, Archeologia pubblica. Metodi, tecniche, esperienze, Roma 2020.

 

Further Readings


- D. Manacorda, Il mestiere dell'archeologo, Bari 2020.

- A. Augenti, Scavare nel passato. La grande avventura dell'archeologia, Roma 2020.

 

Participating in classes is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. In the event that students are unable to attend, they can reach out to the teacher for the suggested reading list to prepare for the examination.

 

 

 

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

SILVIA PALLECCHI (President)

ELENA SANTORO

FABRIZIO BENENTE (Substitute)

ALICE CAPOBIANCO (Substitute)

ANTONINO FACELLA (Substitute)

SIMONE GIOSUE' MADEO (Substitute)

FABIO NEGRINO (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

October 10th 2023

 

 

 

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam consists of a written test and an oral interview.
The written test will focus on the main topics, questions and methods of contemporary archaeological research and will include the resolution of some matrix exercises.
Passing the written test is necessary in order to take the oral exam. The written test will be considered passed with the achievement of a mark equal to or greater than 18/30.
The oral exam will start with a discussion of the written test and will continue with an in-depth interview, particularly focused on the topics of archaeological research in the field.

 

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The exam aims to ascertain the following aspects of the student's preparation:
- knowledge acquired on the basic topics covered in the course;
- basic knowledge of theoretical and practical methods which characterize contemporary archeology; - in-depth knowledge of the laws and main concepts of archaeological stratigraphy;
- ability to apply the knowledge acquired in the field of stratigraphic theory, through the drafting of a matrix.
A good knowledge of the concepts and methods, both theoretical and practical, that characterise contemporary archaeology is the basic threshold. To reach excellence, students must demonstrate the capacity to develop critical reflections on the information potential of evidence and contexts also in relation to the different interpretative and scientific approaches that are available today in this field.

Exam schedule

Data appello Orario Luogo Degree type Note
18/12/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
19/12/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
16/01/2024 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
26/01/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
16/02/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
06/05/2024 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
10/05/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
28/05/2024 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
29/05/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
12/06/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
26/07/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
02/09/2024 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
03/09/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale