Università telematica internazionale UNINETTUNO

Master of Science in Applied Archaeological Sciences "NEW EDITION"

Realized in collaboration with Atheneum Liberal Studies ( http://www.atheneumedu.com) and with the International Delphic Academy (http://www.delphic.org/international-delphic-academy-ida/; http://liritzis.gr/?page_id=790)

Full blended program in english version: Available places for 2019/20 edition

Full blended programme in Greek language: Under Activation for 2019/20 edition

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Scientific committee

  • Prof. Ioannis Liritzis (University of the Aegean, archaeometry-physical sciences)
  • Dr Asimina Vafiadou (University of the Aegean, archaeometry)
  • Prof. Giovanni Puglisi (Università Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO, Dean of the Faculty)
  • Prof. Luca Girella (Università Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO, Associate Professor, Aegean Archaeology)
  • Prof. Kyriakos Kouveliotis (Università Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO, Chair of Hellenic Studies, Director of the Hellenic Technological Pole)

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The MSc in Applied Archaeological Sciences, comprised by 10 Modules, has been designed by the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO in order to provide the necessary knowledge and expertise to students, researchers, managers and leaders of the Cultural Heritage sector. The emphasis is on applied sciences in material culture in an international and local setting and the program draws on an emerging body of knowledge and evidence to allow implementations across different countries and systems. The intensive program aims at postgraduate training and scientific expertise in the applications of instrumentations, methodologies and digital systems from the natural sciences to archeology and cultural heritage. Both at a theoretical and mainly practical level of acquiring more professional supplies and wider training of people with special interests in this subject. Focuses at the recruitment of specialized knowledge, beyond the introduction to the undergraduate level, in depth, width, comparative and reflective, including experimental implementation of portable instrumentation and software management in the learning of technological "tools" in a comprehensible and well received way that is completed in a Master's thesis.

A 15-Day fieldwork in Delphi (UNESCO site, Greece) with hands-on portable instrumentation, laboratory work and data processing, is a most excellent opportunity and world unique concept. Measurements and experiential activities are taken place with students in the Museum and the Sanctuary of Delphi site. Students will have the opportunity also to visit ongoing excavation sites. The applications are related to the Informatics society, educational programs and lifelong learning systems (training, professional development, etc.) through the application of the most modern methods and practices from the field of new technologies and the management and maintenance of archaeological finds, local, regional and national sustainable development and educational processes. The ultimate goal is the exploitation of the cultural reserve of ancient civilizations and cultural heritage, using modern approaches to excavations, theoretical interpretation and interdisciplinary study of findings through natural sciences and modern digital technology.

Aims and objectives

On a theoretical level, at the production and transmission of scientific knowledge in the areas of applied modern technology in archeology of life-long learning, the education of new graduates and adults and e-learning, as well as the methodology of scientific research in the field of archaeometry, archaeology of the S.E. Mediterranean and the World, extends on the digital archeology and basic principles of conservation and management of antiquities, both as education and training. In terms of professional practice, the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for the development and implementation of pilot archaeological programs and digital heritage in education in the Delphi in situ fieldwork activities.

In order to achieve the goals of the program, the following objectives were developed:

  • to equip students with a strong background in the standard but wide interdisciplinary core curriculum of archaeological sciences subjects.
  • to provide students with a firm grasp of the cultural, digital, technological, managerial, economic, educational and social forces, that produce sustainability, shaping the globalising trends of the world in the 21st century, as seen in the structure and functioning of the cultural heritage, archaeological & touristical  ‘industry’.
  • to provide a foundational and contextual approach to the appreciation of archaeometric tools and the related socioeconomic & educational issues.
  • to explain the cultural heritage environment in which the archaeological organizations and cultural heritage market, are organized and to answer the basic questions on how they contribute to the National and World cultural legacies.
  • to provide an innovative, "hands-on" approach to instruction directed by a dedicated faculty composed of experts in their fields in the Delphi fieldwork.
  • to provide a good grounding for a variety of careers in a range of development, & management functions of public and private sector.


At the end of this program students should be able to Evaluate, interpret, link, know, classify, relate and more:

  •  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the field of digital heritage, conservation of antiquities & works of art, management of antiquities and archaeometric techniques applied to material culture, as structure and operation;
  • Describe the functions of methods applied from the archaeological sciences field, analyze their advantages and disadvantages, accessibility to instrumentation, and understand management and documentation of cultural assets;
  • Identify the applicability and complementarity in cultural heritage and archaeological issues;
  • Understand the role of International Organizations and Associations;
  • Demonstrate knowledge on International practices, including sources of errors involved, proper method & technique to be used, sampling process & legal issues of permits, environmental archaeometry / archaeology topics, interpretation of proxy data;
  • Know the proper technique applied on artifacts on different sites and cases from the archaeological excavations.
  • Comprehend the meaning of accuracy and Precision, and how it’s been faced;
  • Display a detailed knowledge and understanding of the operation of various techniques and environmental proxy data;
  • Identify, describe and critically analyze the major issues in the nine modules- digital 3D reconstructions, archaeometric methods (dating, analysis, prospection, bioarchaeology, archaeoastronomy, geoarchaeology), serious gaming for cultural environments (IT in archaeological objects / sites), Conservation (preventive & passive) of works of art & handling of archaeological finds, management of sites and museums - objects and documentation involved;
  • Describe the responsibilities of the archaeologists and archaeometrists involved with the analysis of finds / monuments and understand the principle of complementarity against unilateral work;
  • Know the importance of international protocols of pre-excavation works, surveys and measuring techniques and practices when objects or sites are to be studies or are sought;
  • Be comfortable with Archaeological Sciences Glossary of Abbreviations and Terms;
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand key archaeological sciences concepts;
  • Identify and explain the context, challenges and opportunities involved in the formulation and implementation of appropriate archaeological sciences management policy in a systematic excavation or Museum studies or rescue excavation projects;
  • Understand the nature of archaeometric dating and characterization, the importance it holds in trade and commerce and demonstrate the basic concepts of marine insurance law;
  • Be comfortable with the standard scientific terminology used in a project and understand their implementation and expected results
  • Review types of policies, situations and issues in the field of cultural management, planning and policy-making;
  • Appreciate and evaluate the archaeological sciences in archaeology & cultural heritage sector;
  • Use the appropriate tools to conduct archaeometric analysis and digital documentation;
  • Apply knowledge and skills in selected Works of art & monuments of Delphi Museum & Sanctuary;
  • Conform to accepted modes of professional behavior and work in a team in an appropriate role; build upon the concepts and methodologies developed during the program through completion of a dissertation;
  • Evaluate sustainability activities whose primary purpose is to promote, restore or maintain cultural heritage and cultural management services with new technologies;
  • Describe the role and apply selected techniques of archaeometry for analysis, provenance, chronology, ancient diet, environmental reconstruction;
  • Describe and use concepts of organization and structure, methods of planning and managing resources, and systems for reviewing and evaluating services;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of good governance and professional ethics;
  • Communicate effectively, work in groups, set priorities and manage workload effectively;
  • Develop their capacity for independent learning and continuing professional development;
  • Describe and critically analyze contemporary issues of modern techniques and their relevance to accurate study of archaeological relics;
  • Understand the role of management and leadership roles in IT applications, 3D reconstructions, virtual reality  and sustainability in cultural heritage and archaeology;
  • Possess conceptual understanding of cultural management and leadership thinking via the combined interdisciplinary fields that enables students to reflect on and evaluate critically both current research and its application to the practice of progressive leadership in science in culture;
  • Introduce students to the main scientific disciplines that contribute to modern approaches in studying the past cultures.
  • Correlate cultural archaeology with natural sciences and the interaction for the coastal, marine and continental environment on monuments, archaeological landscapes and works of art;
  • Assess the value of management of archaeological and historical sets and works of art;
  • Τhe promotion of digital technology of cultural heritage;
  • The selective preventive and evasive conservation of artifacts and develop museology and digital images;
  • Collect samples or apply non destructive techniques from the archaeological context as well as remains (animal, plants, geological, human) to classify them and contribute to the reconstruction of the palaeo-environment, migrations, population shifts and ancient trade;
  • To learn the new emerging cut edge disciplines (cyberarchaeology, historical mythology, geomythology, destruction archaeology, archaeoastronomy, bioarchaeology) in the study of material but intangible culture as well;
  • Consolidation in practice and specialized training of a module or technique through the diploma thesis;
  • the possibility to perform diploma thesis on various types of work, namely using instrumentation, cultural management case studies with new technological tools, applying conservation techniques, making review work on topics that involve data processing, use of softwares for digital applications via virtual platform, in situ or the laboratory or the office with use of advanced softwares;
  • Acquisition of research experience and its use for further research and applications.


Program of Study

The MSc Program has a duration that corresponds to 90 ECTS   according to the ECTS cycle study system of intensive full time study (180 UK credit equivalence). To earn 1 ECTS academic credit, according to the rules currently in effect a student must carry out 25 hours of activity.
These are structured in video lessons, assignments, videoconferences, didactic and research activities in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous distant learning educational methodology.
The Master is composed of 9 academic core module units and a Research Dissertation.
The academic title that is awarded in accordance with the higher education legislation in Italy is Master Second Level.

Module 1
Archaeological research & new technologies - 6 ECTS

Module 2
Advanced introduction in archaeometry (Analysis, Dating) - 7 ECTS

Module 3
International issues and best practices in management of cultural heritage - 6 ECTS

Module 4
Digital reconstruction in cultural heritage - 7 ECTS

Module 5
IT application: virtual museums - 6 ECTS

Module 6
Bioarchaeology – Geoarchaeology - Archaeoastronomy - 6 ECTS

Module 7
Preventive and passive conservation of organic & inorganic archaeomaterials - 6 ECTS

Module 8
Delphi fieldwork – applied technologies in cultural heritage - 10 ECTS

Module 9
Research methods - 6 ECTS

Module 10
Dissertation - 30 ECTS


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