Scheda insegnamento

Anno Accademico 2017/2018

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

At the end of the course the student will acquire knowledge of the main pottery classes and of the evolution of manufacturing technologies from prehistoric to modern times. In particular, the student is able to: - define the mineralogical and geochemical composition and deterioration products of ceramic and stone materials; - identify the source and the composition of the raw materials and investigate their production techniques.


Natural stone materials of ancient and modern employment (Granites, Marbles and Stones). Architectonic employment. Production and employment of ceramic materials (pottery and bricks). Binder, mortar, plaster, concrete and mosaics. Decay morphologies and deterioration mechanism. Sampling, cataloguing and elaboration of a diagnostic project. Mineralogical-petrographic study of natural and artificial stone materials through optical-petrographic instruments, X-ray diffractometry, X-ray fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy, microanalysis, thermogravimetry-differential thermal analisys (TG-DTA), (DTG). Elaboration of experimental mineralogical and chemical data and their graphic representation.


Primavori P. (1999): Planet Stone. Zusi Ed., Verona. ISBN 88-900067-1-4

Orton C., Tyres P., Vince A. (1993): Pottery in archaeology. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 798-0-521-44597-9

Hodges H. (2009): Artifacts. Duckworth London. ISBN 978-0715623169

Perkins D. (2011): Mineralogy. Pearson. ISBN-13: 978-0-321-66306-1

Metodi didattici

The course consists of frontal lessons and laboratory practice. The teaching activity will be developed in collaboration with sector's specialists of the Bologna University and will be supplemented with visits at monuments.


Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

The learning assessment is through a two-hour practice test and a final oral examination. The practice test seeks to ascertain the skills acquired in the classification of natural and artificial stones. Is evaluated through a judgment which must be positive to allow access to the oral test. The period of validity of the written test exceeded is limited to a single session of exams. The oral exam aims to test knowledge acquisition under the program of the course. Both the practical and the oral test have the additional purpose of verifying the learning of general methods of study of the stones and the acquisition of critical judgment in the procedures to be adopted in the restoration. The final score, expressed in thirtieths, takes into account the grade achieved in both tests.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

LCD projector for Power Point presentations. Collections of rocks samples and thin sections of rocks, bricks, mortars and ceramics. Transmitted Polarized Light Microscopes, photomicroscope with digital camera, XRD, XRF and SEM-EDS. Thermogravimetry-differential thermal analisys (TG-DTA), (DTG).

Orario di ricevimento

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