The 23rd ArchaeoSciences Seminar


The ArchaeoSciences Platform – the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB) is pleased to announce the 23 ArchaeoSciences Seminar.

These seminars are an original initiative of our division that has the goal of providing a setting for professionals in the Archaeological Sciences field from different parts of the world, to share knowledge, and transmit meaningful information about the latest issues regarding the current methods and approaches used to study the past. It is also a chance for Romanian students to learn more about the various interdisciplinary aspects of archaeology.

This new seminar will take place Monday, 21 February 2022, and our guest speaker is Dr. Enrico Greco from University of Trieste, Italy.

He will give an online lecture entitled “Analytical techniques for bio-molecular archaeology: case studies from ancient Mediterranean”.

Dr. Enrico Greco graduated magna cum laude in Technologies for Conservation of Cultural Heritage (BSc) and in Chemistry of Materials (MSc) at the University of Catania (Italy). From 2014 to 2017 he was PhD student in Chemical Sciences at University of Catania (Italy)and, at the same time, he was visiting PhD student at Aix-Marseille University and CNRS (France), CNR (Italy), Peking University (China) and University of South Florida (USA).

From 2013 to 2017 he was National Secretary of the Italian Association of Conservation Scientists. In the last years he was invited speaker in many universities in Italy, China, Australia, Egypt, involved in many organizing and scientific committee of international meetings and co-supervisor of more than twenty-five thesis and dissertations at University of Catania, University of Palermo, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) and Helwan University (Egypt).

His fields of study mainly concern the characterization of ancient and modern materials by non-destructive and micro-destructive analysis (SEM-EDX, XRD, XPS, FT-IR, NMR, GC-MS) and the preparation of new materials for applications in various fields, especially nanostructured materials for the environmental protection. Moreover, in the last years, the interest in food science has been moved mainly by the study of the paleo-diet in the Mediterranean area and in particular by the development of new analytical methods for the analysis of archaeological residues and their recognition.

The current lecture will explore the main analytical and morphological techniques used by chemists in the field of biomolecular archaeology will be shown. Particular attention will be paid to electron microscopies, used for topological, structural and elemental analysis, chromatography and mass spectroscopies, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared techniques, and proteomics. For each technique the advantages and disadvantages, the most common fields of application and how they can be used in archaeology and anthropology will be highlighted. Finally, four case studies involving archaeological finds of different nature (cheese, wine, oil), different conservation environment before excavation (thermal caves, underground, under desert sand, and under water), and different approaches to solving problems related to their analysis will be shown and discussed.

This event will take place Monday, 21 February 2022, starting with 11:00 am (EET) at the Faculty of Biology, in the Conference Room of the Research Platform in Biology and Systematic Ecology (Splaiul Independenței, no. 91-95, Bucharest).

We look forward to exciting discussions!

ArchaeoScience#RO Team

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