L-ANT/10 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

Aim of the course is to offer the more advanced research lines on the study of ancient artefacts in a ancient Mediterranean framework trying to investigate how was the use of a house­hold in Classical Antiquity. Artefacts were used for the storing of food­stuffs, the cooking and serving of meals, the drinking of wine and other beverages etc. Vessels of fired clay shatter easily, but their sherds are nearly inde­struct­ible and hence ubi­quitous; they bear a multitude of messages, which - if decoded - il­lu­minate aspects of history, notably economic exchanges and con­sump­tion in ancient times, that written sources keep us in the dark about. The course offers advanced perspectives on the analyses of some case studies (archaeological excavations, surveys, etc.) that use a detailed reading of technological, ethnographical, anthropological and geographical models in order to recostruct long periods of life of the ancient societies. The main aim is to create a platform for an integrated approach to the subject through the application of innovative interdisciplinary research. The lessons will diplay how rich and varied are the studies on the material culture assemblages and its associated activities in order to investigate key elements in the socio-economic structures of the ancient world, capable of shedding light on a formative period of ancient history - more specifically on the economic, social and cultural development of the Mediterranean countries.

Course Structure

The exam is oral, but during the classroom and on the basis of the program carried out, thematic arguments will be chosen entrusted to the individual student who will prepare a PPT presentation to be discussed with the professor and colleagues.

Detailed Course Content

The archaeological context: material culture, behaviors and meanings

Textbook Information

The field of material culture studies is undisciplined and multi-strategic and the module does not regard the zones between typical academic disciplines as grey and shady, but as areas of potential intellectual development. Material culture studies must be cross-disciplinary with a strong dialogue among archaeologist, archaeometrist, anthropologist, ethnographers, geographers, sociologists, art historians.


- A. Carandini, Archeologia e cultura materiale. Dai lavori senza gloria nell'antichità a una politica dei beni culturali, Bari 1979 (testo fornito dal docente).

- D. Manacorda, Lezioni di archeologia, Roma - Bari 2008 (pp. 47-147).

- A. Carandini, La forza del contesto, Bari 2017.


B Archeologia della produzione: la gestione dei dati (1 CFU).


- R. Francovich - D. Manacorda, Dizionari di archeologia. Temi, concetti, metodi, Roma-Bari 2000 (solo le voci, Archeometria; Classificazione e tipologia; Archeologia del Commercio; Archeologia del consumo; Contesto; Cultura materiale; Archeologia della produzione; Tecnologie produttive).

- N. Cuomo di Caprio, La ceramica in archeologia. Antiche tecniche di lavorazione e moderni metodi di indagine, Roma-Bari 2008 (pp. 29-39, 45-50, 141-153, 208-230, 321-352, 571-580, 617-620).

- E. Panero, Nella bottega del vasaio romano, in G. Bejor – M. Castoldi – C. Lambrugo – E. Panero, Botteghe e artigiani. Marmorari, bronzisti, ceramisti e vetrai nell’antichità classica, Milano 2012, pp. 163-207.

C Interpretare e leggere le immagini su manufatti di età romana (3 CFU).


- D. P. S. Peacock, La ceramica romana tra archeologia e etnografia, Bari 1997. (PDF fornito dal docente).

- T. Hölscher, Il linguaggio dell’arte romana. Un sistema semantico, Torino, Einaudi 2002.

- D. Malfitana, Therikleia Poteria. Ateneo (Deipnosofistai XI 470e – 472e) e alcuni kantharoi da un santuario cipriota. Note per una rilettura, in «Quaderni ticinesi di numismatica e antichità classiche», XXXIII, 2004, 217-247 (PDF fornito dal docente).

- D. Malfitana Fatiche erculee nella ceramica corinzia di età romana. Coppe abbinate per un ciclo figurativo incompiuto, in «Mélanges de l'École Française de Rome. Antiquité», 2005, 1, 17-53 (PDF fornito dal docente).


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