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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE01122425, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
LE0601, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
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Teacher in charge ARMANDO DE GUIO L-ANT/10

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

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-ANT/10 Archeological Research Methodologies 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
11 2019 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 DE GUIO ARMANDO (Presidente)
MAGNINI LUIGI (Membro Effettivo)
VIDALE MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
10 2016/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 DE GUIO ARMANDO (Presidente)
MAGNINI LUIGI (Membro Effettivo)
VIDALE MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The study program does not require prerequisites.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide:
a) basic propaedeutics to archaeological research in the components of theory, methodology and technique.

b) operational knowledge of the main remote and field procedures.

c) operational knowledge of the main post-excavation procedures.
Examination methods: The exam will take place in oral form with the discussion of one or more of the issues addressed during the lessons. Specifically, the student should demonstrate that he has acquired the advanced notions in each of the required domains of enquiry (theory, methods, best operational practices).
At least one question will focus on a specific case-study that will be purposely selected and agreed upon.
Assessment criteria: The following issues will be evaluated:
1) knowledge of the topics covered in the course;
2) knowledge and understanding of the proposed concepts and methods
3) the ability to apply such knowledge in an autonomous and self-aware way
3) logical-argumentative skills, or the relevance of the answers with respect to the questions; the ability to 'build one's own critical discourse' that is relevant, clear, effective and personal.
Course unit contents: The course will focus on the following topics:
1) Introduction to the history of the archaeological discipline studies, and to the main research domains, methods and techniques with particular attention paid to the new frontiers of research.

2) basic notions of geoarchaeology, stratigraphy and formation processes (pre, sin and post-depositional) of the archaeological and ethnoarchaeological record.

3) Introduction to non intrusive research strategies, procedures and techniques: Remote Sensing, Surface Recognition, Geophysical Prospecting.

4) introduction to excavation strategies, procedures and techniques
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Seminar activities. In particular, they are planned
1) a series of in-depth seminars and practical-instrumental exercises (in the classroom, outdoors and on archaeological sites and sites) with the presence of other colleagues and specialists:
Geoarchaeology (Dr. C. Balista, Prof. G. Leonardi)
Micromorphology (Dr. Cristiano Nicosia)
Remote Sensing and Pattern Recognition (Dr. L. Magnini, Dr. Cinzia Bettineschi, Dr. Laura Burigana;)
Survey with total station (Dr. Cristiano Putzolu)
Survey with Laserscanner (Prof. G: Salemi)
Relief with drone (Dr. Luigi Magnini)

2) Practical exercises in the field and / or excavation sites and / or research areas (field survey, geolocation with GPS, surveys, prospecting, excavation, test-pits, core sampling, sampling ....)

3) Guided visits to archaeological sites, museums and archeoparks, research centers and laboratories.

4) meetings with institutions, professionals and various stakeholders of archeology (Universities, Superintendencies, Museums, Parks, various companies and cooperatives, freelancers, users ...)
Additional notes about suggested reading: Thematic material and case studies will be distributed in digital form in the classroom.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • RENFREW C. , BAHN P., L'essenziale di Archeologia. Teoria, metodi e pratiche. Bologna: Zanichelli,, 2015. disponibile a pagamento anche come e-book Cerca nel catalogo
  • LEONARDI G., Lo scavo Archeologico: appunti e immagini per un approccio alla stratificazione. Padova: Imprimitur, 1982. Cerca nel catalogo