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SCP3051232, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination APPLIED PETROGRAPHY
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
Mandatory attendance
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 CLAUDIO MAZZOLI GEO/09

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/07 Petrology and Petrography 3.0
Core courses GEO/09 Mineral Geological Resources and Mineralogic and Petrographic Applications for the Environment and Cultural Heritage 3.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 24 26.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MAZZOLI CLAUDIO (Presidente)
MARITAN LARA (Membro Effettivo)
6 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MAZZOLI CLAUDIO (Presidente)
MARITAN LARA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in petrology, geochemistry and mineralogy
Target skills and knowledge: This course deals with the application of petrography to the study of natural ornamental and dimension stones, ceramic materials, hydraulic and non-hydraulic inorganic binders.
Examination methods: Oral test
Assessment criteria: Learning the contents of the course
Course unit contents: This course examines in depth application aspects of petrography with reference to the following arguments: physical-chemical properties and decay of natural ornamental and dimension stones; traditional ceramic materials; hydraulic and non-hydraulic binders; applications to archaeometry.
In particular, the course deals with the application of petrographic methods to the study of ornamental and dimension stones, ceramic materials and artificial building materials. This course is therefore organised in the following parts:
1. Ornamental and dimension stones: quarrying activity, properties, durability; ageing and quality control for dimension stones; physical-mechanical properties; determination of compressive, flexural, tensile and shear strength; abrasion resistance, water absorption, etc. Decay of stone, description of alteration. Stone restoration: cleaning, strengthening, waterproofing.
2. Ceramic materials: traditional ceramic materials and archaeometric investigations. Reference groups, recognition of the source area for the raw materials or the production.
3. Non-hydraulic and hydraulic binders: mortar, plaster, gypsum, cement, aggregate, pigments.
4. Analytical methods for archaeometry and age determination in artefacts.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lesson in class.
Field trip: students will see the different stone decay forms, collect some samples, that will be analysed at the Department and results discussed in class.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Teaching material is available from the professor’s home page reachable from this link: .
Reference book are intended as suggested readings; all books are available at the Geoscience Library.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • S. Siegesmund & R. Snethlage, Stone in Architecture. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2011. (ISBN: 978-3-642-14474-5) Cerca nel catalogo
  • R.B. Heimann & M. Maggetti, Ancient and Historical Ceramics. Stuttgart: Schweizerbart Science Publishers, 2014. (ISBN: 978-3-510-65290-7) Cerca nel catalogo
  • N. Cuomo di Caprio, La ceramica in archeologia 2. Roma: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2007. (ISBN: 88-8265-397-8) Cerca nel catalogo
  • E. Pecchioni, F. Fratini & E. Cantisani, Le malte antiche e moderne tra tradizione ed innovazione. Bologna: Pàtron Editore, 2008. (ISBN: 978-88-555-2996-9) Cerca nel catalogo
  • L. Lazzarini, Poikiloi lithoi, versiculores maculae: i marmi colorati della Grecia Antica. Pisa: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2006. (ISBN: 978-88-427-1465-1) Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Brimlecombe, The effects of Air Pollution on the Building Environment. London: Imperial College Press, 2002. (ISBN: 1-86094-291-1) Cerca nel catalogo
  • G.A. Wagner, Age determination of young rocks and artifacts. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1998. (ISBN: 3-540-63436-3) Cerca nel catalogo