Course Code:

Π1 5090


5th Semester

Course Hours:




Expected Learning Outcomes:
The aim of this course is the familiarity with the different techniques applied in conservation of cultural heritage artefacts for the analysis of the composition of the materials and production techniques as a basic tool for conservation interventions. At the end of the semester the student will be able to design a diagnostic survey by individualizing the objectives, methods, techniques and evaluating the cost / benefit ratio of the analysis.
After the completion of the course students will gain experience in the application and utilization of physicochemical methods and techniques as well as in the critical interpretation of the results and more specifically:
• Understanding the chemical composition and structure of materials
• Understanding the degradation / corrosion mechanisms of materials and the methodology of documenting their conservation status
• Familiarity with the most important research methods for the characterization of materials as well as understanding of the difficulties, their efficiency and effectiveness for each type of material / object
• Understanding the complementarity of analysis techniques
• Understanding the basic objectives of the study of works of art and archaeological objects
• Understanding the differentiation between destructive, non-destructive and micro-destructive methods used to study works of art and archeological objects
• Understand the cost / benefit ratio for choosing the right technique

Language of evaluation: Greek
Students’ evaluation (100%): Written Assignment which is evaluated based on students’ understanding in the design of a diagnostic research by individualizing the objectives, methods and techniques of analysis and evaluating the cost / benefit ratio.

Greek and translated in Greek:
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‒ Λυριτζής Ι., Ζαχαριάς Ν., Αρχαιοϋλικά, Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση, 2010
‒ Ιωάννης Λυριτζής, Φυσικές επιστήμες στην αρχαιολογία, Εκδόσεις Τυπωθήτω: 1st edition (2005), ISBN: 960-402-182-6
‒ Ιωάννης Λυριτζής, Αρχαιομετρία. Μέθοδοι χρονολόγησης στην αρχαιολογία, Εκδόσεις Καρδαμίτσα. Αθήνα 1994, ISBN: 960-7262-95-6.
‒ Harris, Daniel C., Ποσοτική Χημική Ανάλυση, Τόμοι 1 & 2, Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, 2010
‒ Ν. Λυδάκης-Σημαντήρης, Γενική Χημεία και Ενόργανη Ανάλυση, Θέματα & Εργαστηριακές Ασκήσεις, Εκδ. Τζιόλα, 2009
‒ Στράτης Ιωάννης, Ζαχαριάδης Γεώργιος, Σαμανίδου Βικτωρία, Θεοδωρίδης Γεώργιος, Ειδικές μέθοδοι διαχωρισμού και χημικής ανάλυσης, Ζήτη Πελαγία & Σια Ι.Κ.Ε., 2004
‒ L.D. Field, S. Sternhell, J.R. Kalman, H.L. Li, A.M. Magill, Προσδιορισμός Δομής Οργανικών Ενώσεων με Φασματοσκοπικές Μεθόδους, Utopia Εκδόσεις ΕΠΕ, 2017
‒ Ι. Παπαδογιάννης, Σύγχρονες Διαχωριστικές Τεχνικές Στην Ενόργανη Χημική Ανάλυση, Εκδόσεις Πήγασος 2000
‒ Αθ. Π. Βαλαβανίδης, Φασματοσκοπία Οργανικών Ενώσεων, ΕΚΠΑ, 2006
‒ Αλεξοπούλου-Αγοράνου, Γ. Χρυσουλάκης, «Θετικές Επιστήμες και Έργα Τέχνης», Εκδόσεις Γκόνη, Αθήνα 1992
‒ Μ. Κούη, Ν. Αβδελίδης, Π. Θεοδωρακέας, Ε. Χειλάκου, Μη καταστρεπτικές και φασματοσκοπικές μέθοδοι εξέτασης των υλικών, Εκδόσεις Κάλλιπος, 2015.

‒ Mazzeo, R., Analytical Chemistry for Cultural Heritage, Springer, Weinheim, 2017
‒ Barbara H. Stuart, Analytical Techniques in Materials Conservation, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2007
‒ Doménech-Carbó, María Teresa Doménech-Carbó and Virginia Costa, Electrochemical Methods in Archaeometry, Conservation and Restoration, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009
‒ M. R. Derrick, D. Stulik and J. M. Landry, Infrared Spectroscopy in Conservation Science, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles 1999
‒ Francis Rouessac and Annick Rouessac, Chemical Analysis: Modern Instrumentation Methods and Techniques, Wiley; 2 edition (May 25, 2007)
‒ Taylor R.E. and Aitken M.J., 1997, Chronometric Dating in Archaeology, Advances in Archaeological and Museum Science, vol. 2, Plenum Press, New York and London, ISBN: 0-306-45715-6
‒ Analytical Archaeometry, Selected Topics, Howell Edwards and Peter Vandenabeele, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2010
‒ Mark Pollard, Catherine Batt, Benjamin Stern, and Suzanne M. M. Young, Analytical Chemistry in Archaeology, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2006
‒ Daniel C. Harris, Exploring Chemical Analysis, W. H. Freeman; 4th edition (May 16, 2008)
‒ G. Zerbi (Ed.), Modern Polymer Spectroscopy, Wiley-VHC, Weinheim,1999
‒ M. P. Colombini (Ed.), Organic Mass Spectrometry in Art and Archaeology,
‒ Robert M. Silverstein, Francis X. Webster, David J. Kiemle, David L. Bryce, Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds 8th Edition, Wiley, 2014
‒ E. Ciliberto, G. Spoto (editors), Modern Analytical Methods in Art and Archaeology, New York, Wiley Intescience, 2000
‒ Eric May, Mark Jones (Editors) Conservation Science, RSC Publishing, Cambridge 2006 (n.d.).
‒ M. Pollard, C.Heron, R. A. Armitage, 2017, Archaeological chemistry, 3rd edition, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge
‒ Peter E.J. Flewitt, R.K. Wild, Physical Methods for Materials Characterisation, CRC Press, 2003

Relevant Scientific Journals:
– J. of Archaeological Science,
– J. of Cultural Heritage
– Radiocarbon
– Archaeometry
– J. of Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry