Metalwork Wear Analysis for Beginners

This hands-on, two-day training course provides an opportunity to learn and practise the method using state-of-the art laboratory facilities and extensive collections of prehistoric and replica/experimental bronzes. Wear analysis enables the recognition, evaluation, and interpretation of the marks visible on prehistoric and historic copper-alloy objects by low-power optical and electronic microscopy. The method gives insights into the life cycle of objects including their manufacture, uses, repairs, and post-depositional history.

The course comprises a short theoretical introduction followed by supervised practical sessions in which participants will learn how to observe, record, and interpret the marks visible on original prehistoric bronzes from the Great North Museum: Hancock collections (in particular Bronze Age axe-heads and swords). Extensive reference collections of replica bronzes will also be available to participants.

The course does not require any background knowledge in microwear analysis or optical microscopy and is open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Course instructor: Dr Andrea Dolfini, Newcastle University

  • Course fee: £150
  • Dates and time: 8th and 9th April 2019, 9am – 5pm
  • Venue: The Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory, Newcastle University

Catering (lunch and tea/coffee) is provided as part of the course. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements or food allergies.

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