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Conservation and Material Studies I

Laboratory for Conservation & Material Studies

University of Groningen code



5 weeks of 40 hours (5 study points)


Dr A.J. Nijboer

Intended for

Students Pre- en Proto History, Students Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, additional minor students

Description of the course

The purpose of this course is to gain knowledge in materials and production techniques. A considerable number of materials will be discussed. Archaeological materials can only be recognized if thorough knowledge of their deterioration processes in buried circumstances is available. Besides deterioration processes attention will be given to (passive) conservation of excavated materials. We will deal with (a) the manufacture of ceramics, glass, copper, sculpture, etcetera, (b) passive and active conservation techniques, (c) knowledge of materials used in ancient times and materials used during conservation treatment, (d) archaeometrical methods of analysis.


  • J. Cronyn, The elements of archaeological conservation. London: Routledge, 1990, ca. Euro 35,-
  • Reader.

Form of education

Lectures and demonstrations.


Written examination.


Conservation en Material Studies I can be extended with 5 points (Conservation en Material Studies II; among other things laboratory work), examined by a paper. Besides there is the possibility of an internship in a conservation laboratory.

For information on this course please contact Dr. A.J. Nijboer at a.j.nijboer or by telephone (+31)- (0)50-3636045

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