The course introduces students to the burial environments (dry, wet, hydrated). It includes the basic structural characteristics, chemical composition, and manufacturing technology of excavated finds (eg, organic materials, ceramic, glass, stone, metal, etc.) as well as explains the deterioration and corrosion mechanisms according to the burial environment they were found. As a result, the student will acquire knowledge of the condition excavated finds and the application of diagnostic methods for their identification. Furthermore, the student is taught which materials and methods to apply in first-aid of excavated finds for their preservation until conservation treatment in the laboratory . Another important aspect of the course it to present proper lifting and removal methods of finds from an excavation site. The course places emphasis to the methods used for scientific examination and sampling of excavated finds after removal from the site to understand the manufacturing techniques.. Best practice guidelines are taught for the proper storage of such finds before treatment.. Students are trained in ways of documentation of findings, and the recording of such damage and assess the conservation status of findings and other material (condition report). Finally, illustrative case studies are discussed.
Methods of examination for identifying the materials constituting the excavated finds. – Introduction to the various burial environments (dry, wet, hydrated). – Measuring and recording environmental data according to the specific excavated site.. – In-situ documentation of excavated finds. – Understanding the condition of the excavated finds. – Methods of sampling and the excavated finds and the surrounding area.. – Materials and methods of fist aid, proper lifting, removal, and storage of excavated finds from sites.
The Scope of the Course and Objectives
The Scope of the Course
The understanding of damage occurring in archaeological finds according to the burial environment, taking into account the technology and different materials in order to implement first aid for finds and to select the most suitable methods and materials for transport, protection and preservation.
Students should be able to handle objects, apply first aid for finds after their excavation.
STUDENT PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT
Language of evaluation: Greek (English for Erasmus students).
The student’s final grade results from 50% of the grade of the theoretical part and 50% of the grade of laboratory practice.
Students’ evaluation (100%):
THEORY (50%): Written exams:
• Open-ended questions
• Multiple-choice questionnaires
• Open-ended questions of a case study
• Short-answer questions
LAB PRACTICES (50%): 1 individual report and 2 team work essays
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