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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE09100411, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0609, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CHRISTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY
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Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIOVANNA BUCCI 000000000000

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-ANT/08 Christian and Mediaeval Archeology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 2015/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 BUCCI GIOVANNA (Presidente)
CANTONE VALENTINA (Membro Effettivo)
9 2015/2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 ROCCO ANITA (Presidente)
8 2015/16 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 BUCCI GIOVANNA (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Basic Knowledge of Classical Archaeology, Late Roman and Proto-Bizantine History
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide a full panorama of Christian Archaeology.
Through methodological and critical tools for the definition and classification of architecture, sculpture, decoration, iconography, symbolism, material culture, the student will learn to recognize, study and catalog the contexts and archaeological finds of the Christian Phase.
Examination methods: Oral exam with discussion of the course topics.
First topic chosen by the candidate.
Assessment criteria: The oral test will be evaluated following these poits:
knowledge of the studied archaeological contexts, monuments, artefacts;
knowledge of the specific nomenclature of Christian Archaeology;
Ability to synthesize and analyze the content discussed in the course, showing ability to correlate useful data
Course unit contents: 1. Christian Archaeology. Conceptual and chronological definition.
2. Architecture, architectural sculpture, liturgical furnishings.
3. Excavations and research in Christian Near East.
4. Paintings and mosaic decoration.
5. Christian Iconography and symbology studies
6. Sumptuary Arts, introduction to instrumentum domesticum.
7. Wrecks and Nautical Archaeology of the Christian Era.
8. Literary sources
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures with power point and video, visits to monuments, conferences and seminars, exercises of study.

Students can attend LAS lessons - Underwater Archeology Laboratory and underwater archeology course (non-mandatory activities)
Additional notes about suggested reading: The students are free to choose one book to study:
Friedrich Wilhelm Deichmann, Archeologia cristiana, L'Erma di Bretschneider, Roma 2002,
Kurt Weitzmann (ed), Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century, METMUSEUM, New York 1979.
During the lessons, specific literature for each topic and photo anthology are provided by the Professor.
The files will be available on the Moodle platform.
The study of the texts is a full reading with particular attention to the topics discussed in the classroom.
The text Kurt Weitzmann (ed), Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century, METMUSEUM, New York 1979, is available for the students (pdf format) on the Moodle platform.
Not attending courses are kindly requested to contact the Professor.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Deichmann, Friedrich Wilhelm, Archeologia cristiana. Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider, 1983. - Edition available in Italian (1983, reprint 2002) and German (1983) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Kurt Weitzmann (ed.), Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York: METMUSEUM, 1979. - Full text available, pdf format, Moodle platform Cerca nel catalogo