San Gemini Preservation Studies 2013
Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics – Workshop, Part 2 (3 Credits)
Session 1 (May 26 – June 22) 4 weeks
Course #: SG203A preliminary syllabus
Prof. Elena Raimondi
Prof. Jane Whitehead
Prof, Massimo Vidale
Prof. Elena Lorenzetti
Note: This course is being done in conjunction with the Carsulae, Roman Baths Excavation team, from Valdosta State University. This course is related and complementary to the excavation; students at the end of our course, if they so desire, can join the excavations. There is a one week overlap between the two programs. In the last week of the ceramics program, students doing both programs will be required to attend some of the introductory lectures and meetings for the excavation.
This workshop class is complementary to the course: Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramic in Italy (S1-B2). In this workshop students will get hands-on experience working with clay to acquire familiarity with traditional clay materials and fabrication techniques. Students will also get hands-on experience learning basic conservation skills such as identifying the various ceramic materials, morphological analyzing of pottery, documenting archaeological ceramics, cleaning, consolidation and restoration of archaeological ceramics.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
Students will learn basic skills in analyzing pottery in regard to their: materials, forms, time period and place of origin.
- Identification and analysis of materials
- Morphological analysis of diagnostic pottery
- Historical and typological analysis of pottery
Students will learn how to record, document and organize artifacts and data collected in the field as well as the result of the various analysis conducted in the lab.
- Locus method
- Strata method
- Sorting sherds
- Electronic data bases
- Field setting
- Museum setting
- Temporary during excavation
- Long term in museum and archives
Conservation and restoration of archaeological ceramics. In this workshop students will learn to apply the principal techniques of ceramics conservation. Some of the work will be on artifacts from Carsulae’s Baths Excavation.
- searching through fragments
- filling gaps in reassembled pottery
- proper storage delicate artifacts
Afternoons: 4 hr. workshop sessions, workshop projects, assigned reading, written assignment.