First cycle degree in


Class: L-1 - Cultural heritage

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Class L-1 - Cultural heritage
Duration 3 years
Branch Padova
Language Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator SILVIA PALTINERI
Access Open access with assessment test
Reference structures Department of cultural heritage: archaeology and history of art, cinema and music, School of human and social sciences and cultural heritage

A course that takes students to the heart of Mediterranean and European ancient cultures that have followed one another from Prehistory to the Middle Ages. Students study the fields of archaeological, historical-artistic, and cultural teachings, as well as the specialized subjects in the legislative, chemical, physical, and geological fields that are in line with modern methodologies of archaeological science. Students learn the methods of stratigraphic excavation, geophysical prospecting, the use of instrumentation, and computer processing of data by carrying out practical exercises and internships at geological sites. Students can pursue employment as archaeological superintendent at regional local and museum bodies, as an expert of ancient art, as well as a consultant for the design and management of archaeological sites and parks.

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Characteristics and objectives
Through instruction of an archeological, historical-artistic and cultural nature, the degree course provides solid preparation on the principal ancient cultures that have succeeded one another in the Mediterranean and Europe, from pre-historical times to the Medieval Ages. The degree course also conveys the main methodological profiles of modern archeological science. It fosters learning in specialized subjects in the fields of chemistry, physics, and geology; all applied to an understanding of archeological materials and contexts.
Theoretical knowledge is then integrated with a course component that involves practical lessons (work experience) on archeological sites. These activities aim at the acquisition of methods of stratigraphic archeological excavation, surface recognition, geophysical prospecting, and the use of graphic, photographic, and topographical survey instrumentation and data processing.
The degree course also includes the study of legislation concerning cultural heritage, a command of at least one of the modern languages of the European Union, and the understanding of the primary IT instruments applied to the research, protection, and enhancement of cultural heritage sites, in particular of archeological heritage.

Occupational opportunities
The degree course prepares: archeologists for inclusion in branch offices of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (regional and archeological superintendence), local authorities (municipalities, provinces, regions), and public and private museums; individuals operating in service companies specialized in archeological excavations; experts in ancient art (qualified to classify, certify, document, or provide consultation for restoration) as well as in publicizing and disseminating multimedia information in the area of cultural heritage; consultants for the planning and management of archeological parks and sites; individuals operating in the production of archeological maps, risk assessment in rescue archeology, in data analysis processing, forecasting, monitoring and enhancement of archeological resources.

From Bachelor's degree to Master's degree
The degree course gives access to the second-cycle degree in Archeological Sciences, according to the procedures indicated in the specific admission notice.