Methodology of the archaeological research (i) (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturers
Patrizia Basso, Diana Sergeeva Dobreva
Patrizia Basso
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem 2B dal Apr 6, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Il corso mira a fornire conoscenze e capacità di comprensione applicate al settore degli studi archeologici. In particolare al termine del corso lo studente dovrà dimostrare di orientarsi con consapevolezza nelle problematiche oggetto della ricerca archeologica e di aver acquisito una base teorica sugli aspetti metodologici e tecnici della disciplina, da affinare poi con l’esercitazione sul campo e in laboratorio.


The course aims to illustrate methods and approaches usually used during the field research and during the elaboration and historical interpretation of the archaeological data. In particular, the course will be structured into two separate parts teach by two different lecturers.

In the first part (12 hours, held by Patrizia Basso) will be addressed the following themes:
- Technical aspects and operational models in field and in lab (stratigraphic excavations and surveys).
- The contribution of the scientific disciplines (geomorphology, paleo botanic, achaeozoology, dendrochronology, archaeometry and so on) to the archaeological studies.
- Methods of documentation (graphic and photographic) used during the archaeological excavations.

The second part (24 hours, held by Diana Dobreva) will be dedicated to the management of the archaeological finds recovered during the archaeological excavations and surveys and to some aspects of the public archaeology. The course will deal with:
- Methods of collecting, quantification and documentation of the archaeological finds;
- Notes on preliminary classification: parameters of classification and analytical study of the pottery finds recovered during archaeological investigations;
- Typological analyses and context data management of the archaeological materials;
- The use of the archaeological finds during the interpretation of the site and/or area;
- Some aspects related to the public archaeology and the valorisation and public fruition of archaeological sites and areas;

The meetings will be established as taught classes using Powerpoint presentations that will be get available to the students through the e-learning platform and possible class trips.
To the students attending the course will be offered the possibility to participate to the archaeological excavations organised by the lecturers during the summer.

Reference list of titles
Notes of the lectures and of the illustrations made available through the e-learning platform (Powerpoint presentations from the lessons). Furthermore, it’s expected the study of:

R. FRANCOVICH, D. MANACORDA (a cura di), Dizionario di archeologia, Roma-Bari 2000 (items Archeobotanica; Archeometria; Archeozoologia; Architettura, archeologia della; Ceramica; Classificazione e tipologia; Comunicazione archeologica; Contesto; Datazione, metodi di; Diagnostica archeologica; Disegno ricostruttivo; Geoarcheologia; Post-processuale, archeologia; Processi formativi; Quantitativa, archeologia; Residuo; Scavo archeologico; Scavo, pratica e documentazione).

The students who are not able to attend the course are expected to integrate their own competences also by selecting one of the following titles:
F. CAMBI, Archeologia dei paesaggi antichi: fonti e diagnostica, Roma 2003.
D. MANACORDA, Lezioni di archeologia, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2008.
A. CARANDINI, Storie dalla terra, Einaudi, Torino ed. 2010.
A. GABUCCI, L’archeologia come mestiere. Dallo scavo al magazzino. I materiali, EUT, Trieste 2013 (it’s free avalilable on

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
F. Cambi Archeologia dei paesaggi antichi: fonti e diagnostica Carocci 2003
A. Gabucci L’archeologia come mestiere. Dallo scavo al magazzino. I materiali EUT 2013
D. Manacorda Lezioni di archeologia Laterza 2008 O anche ristampe successive
A. Carandini Storie dalla terra Einaudi 2010

Assessment methods and criteria

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: online oral exam.

The aim of the exam consists in testing the expected results of learning objectives previously listed.
The exam will provide an oral examination.