• Master Degree: Archaeological Sciences

    Curriculum: Applied sciences to cultural heritage materials and sites

    Course Type:  Second Cycle degree Location:  Università di Padova 
    Italian Class of Degree: LM-2 - Archaeology  Brochure of the course  
    Language: English
    Duration: 2 years

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    The Master’s degree acknowledges the recent scientific advances in the investigation of cultural heritage materials at different scales, from the site/landscape survey to diagnostics at the molecular and atomic levels, and the interpretation of derived information. Based on truly interdisciplinary collaborations, the programme offers the theoretical background and the necessary practical knowledge towards the application of scientific methods to archaeological and cultural heritage materials.

    The course wishes to emphasise the role of materials in human history and prehistory, showing how innovative and state-of-the-art archaeometric techniques and methods may efficiently extract tangible and intangible information from cultural heritage materials. Furthermore the obtained scientific information must be interpreted in the context of the physical chemistry properties of the material itself, the production process, the socio-economic framework, the conservation process, and finally properly inserted into the historical / social / anthropological / artistic timeline. The cultural heritage materials must be understood as having a past, a present, and a future life, always connected with the ever shifting values of human cultures.

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    • proposed and assigned topics for dissertation work - A.Y. 2022-23

      Available dissertations
      Title Supervisors (institutions)
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      Pigment identification and degradation in mural paintings
      Gilberto Artioli (UNIPD), Alfonso Zoleo (UNIPD), Luca Nodari (CNR)
      Turquoise: identification and discrimination of fakes.
      Gilberto Artioli (UNIPD), Gregorio dal Sasso (CNR)
      Characterization of prehistoric and protohistoric metals: metallography, metal chemistry, isotopes
      Gilberto Artioli (UNIPD), Ivana Angelini (UNIPD), Caterina Canovaro (UNIPD)
      The Egyptian blue pigment: identification, manufacturing techniques, provenance
      Gilberto Artioli (UNIPD), Ivana Angelini (UNIPD)
      The 3th millenium painted pottery from Mahtouthabad, Jiroft (Kerman, Iran): an integrated archaeometric approach to define the production technology of the polychrome decoration system
      Lara Maritan (UNIPD), Massimo Vidale (UNIPD), Francois Desset (University of Teheran-Iran)

      Disclosing the provenance and production technology of Meroitic ceramics from Sedinga (northern Sudan)
      Lara Maritan (UNIPD), Romain David (SFDAS-Sudan)

      The bricks of ancient Nora (Sardinia, Italy): production technology and raw material provenance
      Lara Maritan (UNIPD), Jacopo Bonetto (UNIPD)
      Archaeometric analysis of Middle Age ceramic materials from Castelseprio and Monselice (Northern Italy)
      Lara Maritan (UNIPD), Alejandra Chavarria (UNIPD)
      Ceramic alteration in underwater sites
      Lara Maritan (UNIPD), Patrick Quinn (UCL), Maja Mise (Cambridge), Emanuela Mascaro (UNIPD)

      Archaeometric study of green stones from Iran and Oman
      Lara Maritan (UNIPD), Massimo Vidale (UNIPD), Claudio Mazzoli (UNIPD), Chiara Coletti (UNIPD)

      Underwater stone heritage vs. climate change: an experimental investigation of the effects of ocean acidification
      Claudio Mazzoli (UNIPD), Luigi Germinario (UNIPD)
      From quarries to monuments: extraction and use of Istrian limestone in the Roman age
      Claudio Mazzoli (UNIPD), Caterina Previato (UNIPD)
      Deterioration of archaeological stone in ancient Greek-Roman underwater sites of the Mediterranean Sea
      Claudio Mazzoli (UNIPD), Luigi Germinario (UNIPD)
      Evolution of the constructive techniques in the periphery of the Venice Lagoon between Late Antiquity and early Medieval times: the case of the San Mauro Monastery
      Michele Secco (UNIPD), Alessandra Cianciosi, Sauro Gelichi (UNIVE)
      Exploitation of natural resources for construction purposes: the volcanic breccias of the Euganean Hills and their use in ancient times
      Michele Secco (UNIPD), Claudio Mazzoli (UNIPD), Caterina Previato (UNIPD)
      Architectures of the Rocca di Monselice during the early and late Middle Ages: architectural sequence, construction techniques and archaeometric analysis of the binders
      Alexandra Chavarria Arnau (UNIPD), Michele Secco (UNIPD)

      Assigned Dissertations
      Title Supervisors Student (year of admission)
      The Egyptian blue pigment: identification, manufacturing techniques, provenance
      Gilberto Artioli (UNIPD), Ivana Angelini (UNIPD)
      Martina Pellegrina (2022/2023)
      Characterization of unusual materials in art objects of the MNU-UNIPD Museum of Anthropology
      Gilberto Artioli (UNIPD), Alfonso Zoleo (UNIPD), Ivana Angelini (UNIPD)
      Tanner Elizabeth Sprankle (2022/2023)
      Virtual reconstruction: The Al Khiday site, Sudan
      Emanuel Demetrescu (CNR), Gilberto Artioli (UNIPD)
      Kimia Jahangiry (2021/2022)
      Ancient textiles
      Margarita Gleba (UNIPD)
      Nina Jaanske Schuurman (2021/2022)
      Early degradation detection in historical buildings
      Michele Secco, Francesca da Porto (UNIPD)
      Paula Stipanovic Restrepo (2021/2022)
      Turquoise authentication: how can we distinguish real and fakes?
      Gilberto Artioli (UNIPD), Gregorio Dal Sasso (CNR)
      Giada Tronca (2021/2022)
      A high-resolution approach to the site formation processes of Tinshemet Cave, Israel
      Cristiano Nicosia (UNIPD), Ruth Shahack-Gross (Haifa)
      Pedro Garcia Villa (2021/2022) (Haifa)
      The hydraulic mortars of the Byzantine City Wall (Long Structure) in Tiberias beach at the Sea of Galilee and the relation with the lake level fluctuations
      Michele Secco (UNIPD), Emmanuel Nantet (Haifa), Ruth Shahack-Gross (Haifa)
      Konstantinos Thomas (2021/2022) (Haifa)
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