08482 - Archaeological Research Methodology

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to transmit the basic knowledge concerning field research in archaeology, i.e. excavation, survey and classification of finds. Once the course is finished, the student is able to master the following procedures: 1. the main excavation techniques and the stratigraphical method, from a theoretical and practical standpoint; 2. the main research techniques in the field of archaeological survey; 3. The proper study and classification of archaeological finds.

Course contents

The course is divided in two modules. The first is focussed on the history of archaeology and the key concepts of the discipline. The second module is dedicated to the methodologies of fieldwork (survey and excavation), finds analysis, data processing.


A. CARANDINI, Storie dalla terra, Einaudi, Torino 1991 (chapters I-V)

F. CAMBI, N. TERRENATO, Introduzione all'archeologia dei paesaggi, Carocci, Roma 1994 (chapters 1-6)

A. AUGENTI, A come Archeologia, Carocci, Roma 2018.

Compulsory reading for those students who cannot attend the lectures

D. Manacorda, Prima lezione di archeologia, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2004

Optional readings

E.C. HARRIS, Principi di stratigrafia archeologica, Carocci, Roma 1983

• D. MANACORDA, E. ZANINI, Lo scavo archeologico dalle origini a oggi, 'Archeo Dossier' n. 35

A. GUIDI, I metodi dell'archeologia, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1994

• A. SCHNAPP, La conquista del passato. Alle origini dell'archeologia, Leonardo, Milano 1994

C. RENFREW, P. BAHN, Archeologia. Teoria, metodi, pratica, Zanichelli, Bologna 1995

• R. FRANCOVICH, D. MANACORDA (a cura di), Dizionario di archeologia. Temi, concetti e metodi, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2000

• D. MANACORDA, Prima lezione di archeologia, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2004.

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

The final exam consists of an oral colloquium, conceived in order to evaluate the accomplishment of the main targets of the course. The final mark is the average of the evaluation of the answers concerning three specific topics which were part of the program.

Teaching tools

The course will be organized in lectures held by the teacher himself. The teacher will sometimes make use of an overhead-projector, computer presentations and photocopies of the texts. All these tools will be available on-line on the web-page of the course, at the end of it.

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Augenti