Restoration in archaeological university courses: practical ceramic conservation laboratory in graduate school in archaeology – UNIFI

Main Article Content

Giulia Dionisio
Daniela Puzio


In theoretical Archaeological University courses it is often impossible to act directly on artifacts owing to the lack of products and working spaces and the poor availability of suitable materials. However, the archaeologist’s work is mainly carried out in the field and in most cases requires direct conservative procedures on archaeological ceramics to allow their study and documentation. As such, the lack of practical restoration laboratories within the university curricula represents a serious gap in the training of future professional archaeologists. In 2016 a practical laboratory of ceramic conservation was established for the first time inside the Graduate School of Archaeology of the University of Florence. The goal was to give students the opportunity to put into practice the theoretical conservation lessons learned in the classroom. Trainees were put to work directly both on archaeological and modern ceramic materials, so as to learn which materials to use and how to make all relevant operations for the cultural heritage conservation (cleaning, sticking and integration of missing parts). All the operations carried out during the course followed the same procedures currently required on archaeological ceramics by the Superintendency for Archaeological Heritage of Tuscany. All the steps taken in the laboratory are similar to those implemented on a Mycenaean stirrup jar reported in the poster as an example.


Download data is not yet available.

Article Details

How to Cite
Dionisio, G., & Puzio, D. (2017). Restoration in archaeological university courses: practical ceramic conservation laboratory in graduate school in archaeology – UNIFI. Studies in Digital Heritage, 1(2), 682–691.
Special Issue "Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 2016"


Mario Benzi. 2009. Le prime tombe micenee scoperte da archeologi italiani a Rodi. In Anna Margherita Jasink & Luca Bombardieri, eds. Le Collezioni egee del Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze. Firenze: University of Florence Press, 372-378.

Luca Bombardieri and Anna Margherita Jasink. 2014. Sherd Project (Secure Heritage, Exhibition, Research and Didactics). Toward a DigiDactic Museum of the Aegean and Cypriote Ceramic Collection, University of Florence. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT 18). Wien: eBook Edition.

Giulia Dionisio. 2016. Il restauro conservativo di dieci ceramiche archeologiche pertinenti all’area egea conservate nel Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze. Notiziario della Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana. Casa Editrice All’insegna del Giglio, 9-19.

Giulia Dionisio et al. 2015. Restauro archeologico e restauro virtuale: due diverse applicazioni del restauro virtuale per la conservazione del patrimonio dei Beni Culturali. Archeomatica 1.