• 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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    • Career opportunities

      Graduates work as archaeologist, archaeological scientists, consultants and planners for diagnostic programs of sites and CH objets, managers of archaeological sites, consultants and planners for Museums, consultants and planners for conservation programs. In Italy, they can specialize further and enroll in the list of professional archaeologists. Their competences and knowledge will be unique for the interpretation and valorization of archaeological and CH materials.

      proposed and assigned topics for dissertation work - A.Y. 2022-23Cultural heritage materials and sites