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ARCHMAT:ERASMUS MUNDUS Master in ARCHaeological MATerials Science

Course Description

ARCHMAT is a 2-years Erasmus Mundus Master Course (120 ECTS) within a consortium of 3 HEI (Evora-UE, Rome-UNIROMA1, Thessaloniki-AUTH) as full partners, 5 HEI (Avignon-UA, Palermo-UNIPA, Zaragoza-UNIZAR-ICMA, Fez-UF and Rio de Janeiro-UERJ) and 3 non HEI Research centres (Laboratório José Figuereido/Direção-Geral do Património Cultural, Scientific Laboratory Musei Vaticani-MV, Archaeological Museum of AIANI) as associated members, providing students with specialized skills in archaeology and analytical characterization of materials from prehistory (megalithic) to classical times (Greek and Roman).

The study and conservation of Cultural Heritage materials is a research area with a strong multidisciplinary connotation and requires skills that span across the Humanities and Science research fields. ARCHMAT provides a common, integrated platform for high quality students coming from different educational backgrounds (Science and Humanities) to understand the advanced scientific methods used to investigate archaeological materials and aims to form highly specialized professional experts in the emerging field of Archaeometry, i.e. Physical Sciences applied to the study of Archaeological and Cultural Heritage materials.

Classes will be delivered at Évora (coordinator), Thessaloniki and Rome. Associated members will give seminars/practical and field classes on Archaeometry specialised aspects and case studies. Occasionally, seminars by invited internationally renowned scholars will complement the curriculum.

Call for online applications for each edition of ARCHMAT are published on the dedicated website (www.erasmusmundus-archmat.uevora.pt) in October each year with deadline in January of the following year (see APPLICATION). The start of each edition of the ARCHMAT Master Course is scheduled in September of the same year.

EU funded individual scholarships are available to admitted ARCHMAT applicants (category A and Category B)

For Non European Category A Scholarships
Flat contribution to travel, installation, visa related costs and any other type of costs 8.000 €
Contribution to Participation Costs 3.000 €/semester
Monthly Allowance 1.000 € /month
For European Category B Scholarships
Contribution to Participation Costs 2.000 €/semester
Monthly Allowance 500 €/month

The participation costs are as follows:
• Non-European EACEA Scholarship holders (Category A): 3000 € /semester
• European EACEA Scholarship holders (Category B): 2000 € /semester
• Self paying non EACEA scholarship holders: 1500€/semester
ARCHMAT is a MOY labeled Master and MOY Mobility Scholarships are also available (www.officemediterraneendelajeunesse.org)


First semester (Evora)

Students with Humanities degree
Basic Aspects of Science applied to Archaeology and Cultural Heritage 9 ECTS
Archaeology – Culture and Context - 3 ECTS

Students with Science degree
Methods and Techniques of Archaeological Excavation 6 ECTS
Digital Techniques for modelling and visualization of archaeological data – 3 ECTS

All Students
Introduction to Archaeometry - 6 ECTS
Megalithic Culture - 3 ECTS
Theoretical, Practical and Field Seminars on Archaeometry Case Studies I - 6 ECTS
Introduction to Thesis I – 3 ECTS

Second semester (Thessaloniki)
All Students
Greek Archaeology - 4 ECTS
Advanced Scientific Methods in Archaeometry - 6 ECTS
Preventive Conservation of Archaeological sites – 6 ECTS
Theoretical,Practical and Field Seminars on Archaeometry Case Studies II - 5 ECTS
ARCHMAT Summer School – 4 ECTS
Introduction to Thesis II – 5 ECTS

Third Semester (Rome)
All Students
Methods and Techniques of Archaeological Research – 5 ECTS
Laboratory of Archaeometry - 5 ECTS
Advanced Chemical Methods in Archaeological Materials Science - 5 ECTS
Archaeometry: dating methods and statistical data processing - 5 ECTS
Theoretical, Practical and Field Seminars on Archaeometry Case Studies III - 5 ECTS
Introduction to Thesis III – 5 ECTS

Fourth Semester (Evora or Thessaloniki or Rome)
All Students
Thesis Work on a Collaborative Project between at the least two consortium Institutions and/or Associated members selected during the ARCHMAT Summer School scheduled at the end of the first year (30 ECTS)

Entry Requirements

ARCHMAT, the ERASMUS MUNDUS European Master in Archaeological Materials Science is open to European and non European excellent (2.1 or higher) students with bachelor (I cycle equivalent-180 ECTS credits) degrees from both Science (Physics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Biology-Biochemistry, Engineering) and Humanities (Archaeology, Conservation Science, Cultural Heritage Studies, Architecture, Art History) fields. It will also be open to professionals in the Museum/Conservation sector that requires updating their knowledge and personal skills in in this highly specialized field providing they are holder of a Bachelor (I cycle) degree and possess an excellent academic background in the general fields of Archaeology-Museology-Conservation science-Cultural Heritage

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