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University of Naples
Suor Orsola Benincasa

Centre for Lifelong Learning of the University

Township of Procida   National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology

School for Summer Education

Archaeology and Cultural Heritage of land and sea
The practice of archaeological excavation and the new technologies for study, documentation and exhibition

Academic Year 2016/2017

Location: Procida (Na)

Art. 1: Establishment of the Summer School

In accordance with the Statute of the Centre for Lifelong Learning of the University, the School for Summer Education "Archeology and Cultural Heritage of land and sea." The practice of archaeological excavation and new study, documentation and exhibition technologies", is established. Based in Procida (NA) AY 2016/2017, it celebrates this year its second edition.

Art. 2: Objectives of the School

The Italian archaeological heritage is strongly characterized by the maritime element. Research on land and sea has seen in recent years a particular development in the field of new technologies, especially those devoted to three-dimensional survey and 3D modelling together with chemical-physical diagnostic procedures.

The possibility to experiment directly with such practices, to become acquainted with its hardware and software components within an insular area such as the one represented by the Phlegrean archipelago, is a unique opportunity.

The islands of Procida-Vivara are, in fact, the site of one of the oldest centres in the maritime trade that linked Mycenaean Greece with the regions of the western Mediterranean. The traces of the Bronze Age settlement (XVII-XV centuries BC) on the island of Vivara and those of the ancient port-landing, today submerged at a depth of about 14 meters below sea level, have been the subject of Archaeological research for several decades. The Vivara excavation site is a typical "fragile" proto-historic excavation, closely linked to the complex geological events that characterized the entire area.

Art. 3: The involved Institutions and the initiative's configuration

The University of Naples, Suor Orsola Benincasa, in agreement with the Township of Procida, in collaboration with the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, and with the participation of other national and European Universities and institutes dedicated to safeguard and research in Cultural heritage sector, have decided to accompany the annual study activities on the island of Vivara, a training initiative that will allow Italian and European learners to become acquainted with and experience, in close connection with the procedures of an archaeological excavation, both on land and at sea, a wide range of techniques related to documentation, diagnostic analysis and the strategies of representation and enjoyment of a Mediterranean area.

These range from the most advanced applications in the field of terrestrial and underwater 3D surveying, remote sensing, sea and marine environments by means of specific equipment (drones and ROVs), the possibilities of non-invasive diagnostic analysis of the finds, to the conjugation of Traditional restoration and design practices with new forms of documentation and monitoring.

Particular attention for the 2017 School will be reserved to bio- and geo-archaeological research, with a strong emphasis on new technologies for geophysical study and monitoring, and for petrographic analysis.

Closely related to such innovative technology-based study processes is the new science for computer management and access to complex data ("pattern recognition" and "large data management")

The following institutions (besides the 3 Institutions indicated in the announcement) adhere to the initiative:

Department of Earth Sciences, Environment and Resources (DiSTAR), University of Naples Federico II, for geological and petrographic surveys
Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Salento (in collaboration with the Department of Physics of University of Naples, Federico II), in the field of archaeo-metallurgical studies
National Institute of Optics (INO, CNR), for colourimetry diagnostics
National Institute for Naval Architecture Studies and Experiences (INSEAN, CNR), for the development of marine research vessels
Institute for Electro-Magnetic Detection of the Environment (IREA, CNR), for marine diagnostics
Institute of Studies on Intelligent Automation Systems (CNR, ISSIA), for the development of mechatronic systems
Applied Physics Institute (IFAT, CNR), laser technique for cultural heritage
Superintendency of the Sea of the Sicilian Region, for the study of submerged archaeological sites
Superintendency of Zakynthos Island of the Greek Ministry of Culture, for the historical and archaeological study of Mycenaean contexts
Naval League of Procida, for the support of all in water actions

The initiative is also supported by:
- Albano Francescano Foundation of Procida;
- State Natural Reserve of the Island of Vivara;
- Civil Protection of Procida for all assistance related to the access to the island of Vivara.

Art. 4: Lesson and laboratory location

Classroom and laboratory training activities will take place at the Palazzo della Cultura (former Conservatory of the Orphans) of the Town of Procida, in the district of Terra Murata, home of the TERRA Project, a scientific plexus resulting from a cultural collaboration agreement between the Municipality of Procida and the University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa in collaboration with the University of Naples Federico II, Department of Earth Sciences, Environment and Resources (DiSTAR), located on the citadel of Procida (the so-called "Terra Murata"). Here is an exhibition area dedicated to geology, archaeology and topography of the Procida-Vivara district, a conference room and an archaeological workshop dedicated to the Vivara Mission.

Art. 5: Recipients

The training course is devoted to a wide audience of operators / students in the cultural heritage sector:
- Archaeologists,
- Architects,
- Restorers and restoration technicians,
- Geologists and biologists who are particularly interested in applications in the terrestrial and maritime archaeological field.
- Topographers-surveyors interested in new 3D image forms, orthophotography and GIS platforms and their use for archaeology,
- Chemists and physicists interested in diagnostics and physical measurements applied to cultural heritage,
- Information scientists interested in data processing procedures in the field of cultural goods,
- Engineers interested in marine and mechatronic applications to the marine archaeology environment,
- Geophysicists interested in innovative structural monitoring systems for the maintenance of monumental buildings in the seismic area.

Possono, quindi, prendervi parte:
- students of three-year and master degree courses linked to the above-mentioned research sectors
- students of specialization schools in archaeology and / or related sciences belonging to the Cultural Heritage sector, post graduate students
- operators in the sector already active in public and private Institutions

Art. 6: Period and execution procedure/didactic instructions

The course will take place from the 10th to the 24th of September 2017.

Arrival on September 10th in the afternoon and departure on September 24th in the morning

Work plan (for details of the timetable click here)

- The work plan provides for 4 different types of activities and a participation in the final works:
- Classroom activity (classroom teaching)
- Laboratory activity (applications on archaeological materials of different typology)
- Site activities (on the territory, with particular attention to the archaeological area on the island of Vivara)
- Participation in afternoon conferences dedicated to archeology and the development of technologies applied to Cultural Heritage.

In order to offer participants the opportunity to enjoy the tourist aspects of the island of Procida, the daily activities (including all types of teaching) will not exceed the average of 6 hours (from 9.00 AM to 1.00 PM, And from 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM, with possible variations in timetable related to field activities and afternoon conferences). Included in the didactic activities are in any case 2 visits to the most impressive and interesting monuments and places of the island.

The learners are given the opportunity to participate in all types of activities, opting for specific classroom, laboratory or site activities.

Thematic areas

Classroom activities:
- Historical-archaeological module (Mediterranean prehistory, underwater archaeology in the Mediterranean, history of excavations and research in the Phlegrean area, Vivara archaeological site and transmarine trade with the Mycenaean world)

- Technical module, articulated in:
- Documentation and restoration of archaeological finds (from traditional forms to those with the help of new 3D surveying and modelling techniques)
- New frontiers of chemical-physical diagnostics (colourimetry and gas chromatography, x-ray fluorescence, archaeo-metallurgy and bio-archaeology, petrography)
- Innovative 2D / 3D technologies in the field of cultural heritage documentation (instruments, techniques, procedures and archaeological objects; concept of "parallel and differentiated scanning"; concept of fusion and interpolation)
- Pattern recognition & big data.

- Module dedicated to innovative structural monitoring systems for the preservation of monumental structures in seismic areas, articulated in:
- Cultural Heritage and Geophysics, GIS Systems, Optical and Radar Remote Sensing, Seismogenic Sources for Seismic and Vulcanic Hazard Assessment.
- Satellite analysis and geophysical visualization systems for Cultural Heritage.

- Module devoted to new technologies in the marine environment, articulated in:
- New 3D surveying and modelling technologies for underwater archaeology (constraints in the underwater environment, documentation requirements imposed by underwater research, from multibeam to new 3D scanners in underwater conditions)
- Design of equipped vessels for detecting marine environments
- Development of mechatronic systems for the study of marine environments

Laboratory activities:
- Laboratory of restoration and graphic documentation of Vivara's pottery (with 3D light-scanning procedures)
- Laboratory of the findings of Vivara: local pottery, import ceramics, bio-finds, metals and small finds (with diagnostic, petrographic and bio-archaeological procedures)

On-site activities
- Archaeological research at P.ta d'Alaca on the island of Vivara
- Topographic survey of the Vivara area (with exercises of: physiotherapy, GPS use and total station for georeferencing 3D surveys)
- 3D scanning of the Vivara area (scannings with TOF and phase difference laser scanners, Scubalibre stereoscopic scanner and Photoscan procedure)
- For the study of the maritime area and the visit of the coastal points of archaeological importance, a reconnaissance is planned on a boat in the Gulf of Genito and along the coast of Procida-Vivara with the support of the Naval League of Procida during underwater investigation linked to detection and monitoring with advanced technologies of submerged environments.

Art. 7: Admission application, terms and conditions

Participation does not include registration fees.

The costs of accommodation and boarding are borne by the learners (please refer, for the facilities provided for food and accommodation, to Annex 1)

Participants will be provided with electronic teaching materials on the history of Vivara's excavations, on both land and sea and other documentation and study materials relevant to technologies in the field of diagnostics of Cultural Heritage.

The positions available to participants throughout the course are in the number of 25, plus 5 positions reserved exclusively for students from foreign institutions.

In the event that the coordination should consider it appropriate, further candidates will be selected, if particularly deserving, in addition to the 30 expected.

In order to be able to participate in the selection of the 30 available positions for the period in which the training program is articulated, the online form must be completed in all its parts by clicking here and enclosing the following documentation / declarations:
- Statement of the institution of origin and the class of membership (see note 1),
- Statement that the reception facility will be used (only for those who have opted for this facility; for more information click here);
- A detailed curriculum attesting possible excavation experiences or other courses attended and any eventual published works (with indication of the grade). For current students (three years or two years), the curriculum will have to include any examinations already held and obtained grades;
- A self-certification certifying the insurance coverage of your institution of affiliation or the stipulation of a policy that includes laboratory activity* and the frequency of archaeological field work throughout the course (UNISOB students are excluded); Upon arrival on the island, the original attestations must be presented.
- A medical certification attesting the eligibility to participate in laboratory activities * and archaeological digging (UNISOB students are excluded); Upon arrival on the island, the original attestations must be presented.

*Laboratory activities don't involve contact with pollutants or hazardous devices.

For foreign students, under the "Fiscal Code" entry of the form, please enter sixteen zeros.

Please note that the on-line application submission procedure will be deemed to have been completed only when the system will provide the pdf copy of the application complete with computer-provided protocol number.

The application, addressed to the Magnificent Rector of the University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa, must be received on and no later than July 27th 2017.

Art. 8: Selection of candidates

Given the limited number of available positions, the organizers will select the applications submitted by drawing a ranking for the different classes of participants:
- students still in the process
- students enrolled in specialization schools and post graduate interns
- operators in the field of cultural heritage
- students belonging to foreign institutions

The selection will be communicated by mail within 24 hours after the deadline for submitting the application. In this e-mail, the applicant will be provided with information regarding the places and dates of appointment upon arrival in Procida and the methods of accommodation (food and lodging) for those who have chosen this option.

After receiving of the e-mail, the candidate must give (via e-mail) a definitive confirmation no later than 48 hours after receiving it, of his/her participation and the option of taking advantage of the reception facilities. After this deadline, the candidate who has not received an acknowledgment will be considered as a renouncer and will lose the right to enrol in the course.

Art. 9: Title released

Those who will have profitably followed all the training activities will receive the certificate of the Summer School of "Archeology and Cultural Heritage of land and sea."The practice of archaeological excavation and new study, documentation and exhibition technologies" A.Y. 2016/2017, indicating the hours of classroom learning, laboratory and site activities.

The personal data provided by the participants will be handled for the operations related to the training of the list of admitted to the course, in accordance with the provisions of Law 31.12.1996, no. 675 and subsequent amendments.

For information relative to the course announcement please inquire through:
Lifelong Learning Centre of the University: tel. 081.2522348 (Monday - Friday from 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM).
For specific information on the course or issues concerning logistics, please inquire through the following e-mail address:

Note 1

1. University student (indicate Degree Course, Year of enrolment, Year of Course)
2. Postgraduate or Postgraduate School (indicate the type of school, year, type of internship and institution)
3. Operator in the Cultural Heritage sector (indicate qualification and function)
4. Foreign Student / Operator (indicate Faculty / Membership Structure)

Naples, 22/06/2017

The Rector
Prof. Lucio d'Alessandro

Emanato con D.R. n. 537 del 22/06/2017

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