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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2010

ANT 353E • Archaeological Lab Analysis-Portugal

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Course Description

The Bagunte Project: There are many steps taken between the moment a ceramic vessel or coin are excavated and displayed in a museum case. Archaeological projects retrieve hundreds of objects buried for centuries or millennia. These objects, often in fragments, have to be cleaned, reconstructed, appropriately labeled, identified, consolidated and stored or displayed in museums. This course will provide students with the methodologies and practical skills to process archaeological ceramic and metal objects through all the steps required for consolidation and, if possible, reconstruction. Students will learn how to build and fire a ceramic vessel and will participate in making metal objects. The course and the materials to be studied, reconstructed and reproduced will be intimately related to the Bronze Age/ Iron Age/ Roman Period Bagunte Project. During the course students will study museum collections relevant to these archaeological periods in northwestern Iberia and they will interact and learn from museum curators and specialized staff.


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