ARCHAEOMETRY

ARCHAEOMETRY

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Code
53106
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
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 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 (or remotely thanks to the use of "Microsoft Teams" application) 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.

In the case course will be held remotely, this teaching will take place on the Teams platform, code:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3a45201d51c2184e5f9c68f54ce00984d5%40thread.tacv2/Generale?groupId=98aecb34-3a83-404d-976b-f23baa9b3250&tenantId=6cd36f83-1a02-442d-972f-2670cb5e9b1a

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

Ricevimento: reception by appointment

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course will be given with frontal lectures (or remotely thanks to the use of "Microsoft Teams" application) 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.

In the case course will be held remotely, this teaching will take place on the Teams platform, code:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3a45201d51c2184e5f9c68f54ce00984d5%40thread.tacv2/Generale?groupId=98aecb34-3a83-404d-976b-f23baa9b3250&tenantId=6cd36f83-1a02-442d-972f-2670cb5e9b1a

LESSONS START

February 24, 2022

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam includes a written test, two hours of time. The test consists of 16 open-ended questions that focus on the topics covered during the course. Each correct answer contributes to the final vote by 2/30; if the sum of the points exceeds the value of 30, that is 31 or 32, the final mark will be accompanied by praise. Until the COVID-19 emergency does'nt allow for written exams in presence, the exam will be oral through the TEAMS platform or equivalent.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of a written test of 16 open-ended questions (two points for each correct answer) on the topics covered in class. The students can use their textbook and notes. Details on how to prepare for the exam and on the degree of depth of each topic will be given during the lessons. The written exam will verify the effective acquisition of basic knowledge on some physical methodologies and their applications for the analysis of works of various kinds. The open 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. As long as the COVID-19 emergency does not allow for written exams in attendance, the exam will be oral through the TEAMS platform or equivalent with the same purposes as ascertaining the written test.