Summer School

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Materials Analysis for ARCHeology and Cultural Heritage - AMARCH2022
24 May 2022
25 May 2022
26 May 2022
27 May 2022
Palazzo Paolo Prodi - Via Tommaso Gar 14, Trento
Room 003
Target audience: 
University community
Registration fee – Registration required
Registration deadline: 
16 May 2022, 12:00

Important information

The dates of the AMARCH-2022 Summer School have changed.
The School will take place from 24 to 27 May 2022.
Registration will be open until Monday 16 May, 12.00.


Now in its fourth edition, the School of "Materials Analysis for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage – AMARCH2022" is focused on wood, a material that is crucial for archaeology and the conservation and protection of cultural heritage.

The School in particular will provide training in the area of dendrochronology for its importance among the dating techniques and the fundamental contribution it offers to the study of archaeological artifacts, constructions and buildings, musical instruments, just to mention some examples of great interest. The basic methods of dendrochronology will be illustrated through laboratory activities, where data are acquired in real time. This data will be processed, including with the help of open source software packages and dendrochronological archives, so that even the participants with no previous experience can learn to effectively use this fascinating methodology.

Dendrochronology requires profound knowledge of wood as a natural resource from countless points of view. To this end, the School includes lectures on plant biology and the identification of plant varieties, and the study of wood charcoal remains. To complete the programme, a number of techniques for chemical and physical analysis will be presented, such as nuclear magnetic resonance, which is very effective to study wood and the products used to protect and reinforce it..

The School is organized by the Bagolini Laboratory of Archaeology, Archaeometry and Photography of the Center of Advanced Studies in the Humanities (CeASUm), as part of the Department of Excellence project of the Department of Humanities, and by the Cultural Heritage Laboratory of the Department of Industrial Engineering, in collaboration with the Department of Physics of the University of Trento.

The School is designed in particular for young researchers working in the field of archaeology and cultural heritage and, more specifically, for PhD and Master's students, museum staff and cultural heritage officials.

Lectures will be in Italian and do not require an academic technical-scientific background. However, good high-school knowledge of chemistry and physics is necessary.

Registration and attendance fee

The School will be organized so that the participants can attend in person or remotely.
Payment guidelines will be emailed to all the participants at the end of the registration.

Registration is now open

Deadline to register (extended): Monday, 16 May at 12.00

External participants 

  • In person attendance: 120 euro - maximum 30 participants

  • Remote attendance: 60 euro

UniTrento members 

  • Free attendance (in person and remotely)
  • Please upload your CV and motivation letter when you register. The Scientific committee will decide on who will be admitted without fee and will inform them by email, after the closing of the registration on 16 May 2022

At the end of the School, a certificate of attendance will be issued, which can be used for the award of credits (here are the guidelines for UniTrento members).


The draft programme will soon be available and includes (to date) lectures by:

  • Mauro Bernabei - CNR – Istituto per la BioEconomia
  • Evgeny Borovin - University of Trento
  • Emanuela Callone - University of Trento
  • Nicola Macchioni - CNR-IBE (Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze)
  • Jarno Bontadi - CNR – Istituto per la BioEconomia
  • Massimo Mannucci - LegnoDOC
  • Mauro Rottoli - University of Trento
  • Marco Brecciaroli - Simitecno
  • Francesco Di Biagio - Simitecno

Scientific committee

  • Mauro Bernabei - CNR, Istituto per la BioEconomia
  • Stefano Gialanella - Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento
  • Annaluisa Pedrotti - Department of Humanities, University of Trento
  • Fabio Santaniello - Department of Humanities, University of Trento
  • Marco Zanatta - Department of Physics, University of Trento

Organizational committee

  • Stefano Gialanella - Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento
  • Fabio Santaniello - Department of Humanities, University of Trento
  • Marco Zanatta - Department of Physics, University of Trento