ARCHAEOMETRY

ARCHAEOMETRY

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Code
53106
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 8453 Conservation of Cultural Heritage (L-1) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
FIS/07
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Conservation of Cultural Heritage)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

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 being analysed. 

AIMS AND CONTENT

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. 

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 necessary knowledge to be able to autonomously identify the technique to adopt as a function of the information being sought and the characteristics of the find/piece of work being analysed (composition, size etc).

Teaching methods

The course will be given with lectures in the lecture theatre with the use 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.

 

EXAMS

 

Written exam, 2 hours.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Programme for students taking the course for 6 cfu


Contents
a) Diagnostic methods: photos, digital analysis of images, microphotography, grazing light photography, UV photos (black light), infra-red photos with false colour, reflectography, UV and IR spectroscopy, elements of colorimetry, structured light, thermography. X and gamma 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

Exam Board

DARIO MASSABO' (President)

SILVIA VICINI

PAOLO PRATI

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course will be given with lectures in the lecture theatre with the use 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.

 

EXAMS

 

Written exam, 2 hours.

LESSONS START

February 14, 2019

EXAMS

Assessment methods

The exam consists of a written exam with 16 open-ended questions (two points for each correct answer) on the topics covered during lectures. Students can consult their textbooks and their notes.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
13/09/2019 09:00 GENOVA Scritto