Category Archives: Courses

RESTORING ANCIENT STABIAE: EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS

The RAS foundation, in addition to conducting archaeological studies in collaboration with Italian and foreign universities, is also the place where school groups have the opportunity to benefit from educational workshops, led by highly qualified personnel such as Dr Lina Sorrentino, tourist guide and cultural manager, who held a lecture for a high school in Brescia last March.

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During the class, an emphasys on persistence of the classical world was made, highlighting the importance of Campania as a cradle of artistic treasures (still partly hidden) and as a place of philosophical knowledge.

Campania is not only the site of magnificent villas of leisure Roman era, but also the residence of important ideologies of philosophers, who lived here: Parmenides, Epicurus, Giordano Bruno, Tommaso Campanella, Giambattista Vico and Benedetto Croce.

VESUVIAN ARCHAEOLOGY

Edited by Prof. Luciana Jacobelli
Professor of Antiquities Pompeiane University Milano-Bicocca

Content
The course consists of three lessons per week, for a total of six lessons, consisting of the archaeological, historical, artistic, and socio-cultural landscape of the Vesuvian region.
In addition to lectures, students will learn about the archaeological methodology through simulations and go on field trips to excavation areas.

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UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY

Edited by the Underwater Archaeology Department the RAS Foundation

Content
This course will teach you the theories and practices of Archaeology both on land and underwater.
In addition to lectures, the course will include tutorials of discovery and excavation techniques, combined with hikes in areas of archaeological interest.
You will also assist the laboratory in creating reproductions of amphorae and anchors to scale 1:10.

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ARCHEOSCIENCE

By Prof. Flavio Russo researcher for more than 30 years in military history, specializing in architecture and arms.

Content
Archeoscience is a different way of reconstructing history. Our course will take a cultural perspective, beginning with basic observations and field tests.
We will study those cities buried by the Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD in order to test current archaeological theories against the evidence and remains from the excavations; through this we will understand how to support theories with archaeological evidence.  

In short, the topics will include:
-Concept of archeoscience and its application in the cites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae
-Roman technology, equipment, and machines
-Water and Civilization:  Aqueducts and other water transportation systems
-Military technology
-Public and private buildings: their methods of construction and protections against weather and nature
-The rescue operation of Admiral Pliny and his naval base in Miseno, what the outline of the coast looked like before the catastrophe
-The port of Pompeii and its significance
-The newly restored Herculaneum Boat and its unique characteristics

The lectures will be accompanied power point, video, and virtual reconstructions to illustrate the past grandeur of archaeological sites and monuments,  as well as their cultural and environmental significance. We will also learn about the natural environment that surrounds this area.

Guided tours
The site visits will be hosted by professor Russo,  an expert on the more scientific aspects and technologies that are not shown in normal visits.
We will see the damages from Sulla’s artillery  in 89 BC on the northern wall of Pompeii, visit the recently recovered Herculaneum boat, learn about the complex water system of Pompeii and Herculaneum and learn about its sophisticated engineering, visit Miseno and its naval base where Pliny attempted to organize a great rescue mission for the inhabitants of Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Stabiae during the eruption, we will also visit to the ruins of the great observatory of Capri, where Tiberius was ruled for Empire in the last decade of his career.

RECOVERY AND CONSERVATION OF BUILDINGS

by Prof. Agostino Catalano
professor of the Department of Humanities, Social and Educational – Universita’ del Molise

Objective
To provide students with both the theoretical and operational knowledge to utilize technology on historic buildings. Particular areas of study will include bearing walls, and the materials used for both its simple and mixed systems, analysis and diagnostics of the causes of the degradation, and the techniques and technologies for the recovery and restoration of the building. Students will study buildings from this area, and complete a final project on what they have learned.

Content
– Theories for the refurbishment project: the restoration and architectural salvage
– Traditional building materials
– Analysis of the evolution of traditional building systems
– Analysis of the construction and longevity in traditional masonry
– Analysis of reinforced concrete buildings and metal carpentry
– Analysis of traditional techniques and materials for recovery and restoration today
– Diagnostics for the preservation of historical buildings
– Modern restoration techniques of walls, roofs, and wooden floors
– Modern restoration techniques for concrete framed structures
– Modern restoration techniques of floors in reinforced concrete and metal work
– Technologies for recovery after landslides
– Modern restoration techniques of plastered facades and stone cladding
– Modern restoration techniques for decorative architectural details
– Modern restorations and legislation for the protection of historical structures in seismic vulnerability
– Fire safety in historic buildings

ITALIAN LANGUAGE

Discover, learn, and deepen your understanding of the language and culture of Italy. Taught by Italian instructors with many years of experience in teaching the language, this course offered by the Vesuvian Institute will follow a teaching method that immerses the students in the language by engaging them in conversations, lessons, and lectures in the language, learning the grammar and rules as they go.
Students will take a preliminary placement test to determine which of the four levels of classes they will be placed in.

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