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Archaeological Ceramics – Analysis and Conservation

Archaeological Ceramics – Analysis and Conservation
Four week intensive course and field project
San Gemini, Italy, May 20 -June 16

Field project in Italy this summer: of interest to archaeologists, classicists and museum curators.

The course aims to give basic knowledge and hands on experience in the field archaeological ceramics conservation. Through classroom and workshop sessions the participants will be introduced to the following knowledge and skills:
· Learn about materials, manufacturing processes and the evolution of the ceramic technology
· Typologies of ceramic objects from the Classical, Medieval and Early Modern period, normally found in archaeological sites in Central Italy.
· Analysis and documentation of ceramic artifacts, including diagnostic pottery and architectural components for their materials, morphology and object typology
· Conservation including: cleaning, reassembly, infill techniques and presentation methods
· Categorizing, organizing and storage of pottery sherds and other ceramic artifacts

Some of the work in the workshop will be done using recently excavated materials from the Baths of the ancient Roman town of Carsulae.

We have a couple of spaces left, so we are extending the deadline for applications to March 31st, 2012.

Contact: Polly Withers, San Gemini Preservation Studies, pwithers@iirpsemail.org
Further information: please visit the course WEBSITE

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