08482 - Archaeological Research Methodology

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The course provides an introduction to archaeological field methods and techniques. Topics will include: methods of archaeological survey, techniques of excavation; analysis of archaeological and bioarchaeological materials as sources for the study and understanding of past societies.
After completing the course the student is able to deal with an archaeological excavation. She/He is able to record archaeological sites, to understand the potential of the different classes of archaeological materials.

Course contents

The course will focus on the main issues of archaeological field research.


Renfrew C., Bahn P., L'essenziale di Archeologia, Zanichelli, 2009.

Tronchetti C., Metodo e strategie dello scavo archeologico, Carocci 2003.

Teaching methods

The course is based on lectures dealing with the program topics.

Assessment methods

The evaluation consists of an oral exam on the course program. The student must show that he/she has acquired adequate general and systematic knowledge of the various topics and has mastered the scientific and methodological tools necessary for a reasoned analysis of the program subjects.

Teaching tools

Lectures will be illustrated with powerpoint presentations

Office hours

See the website of Antonio Curci

See the website of Eugenio Bortolini