International Winter School "The golden legacy. Seven millennia of technological growth and social complexity"

International Winter School "The golden legacy. Seven millennia of technological growth and social complexity"

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Concept
The Winter school “The golden legacy. Seven millennia of technological growth and social complexity” will gather at Padua a pool of leading international experts on gold technologies in the ancient world, to teach an intensive one-week course. The school, based on the close interaction of university students, academics and professionals of gold studies and the jewelry sector will touch a selection of crucial topics, crossing seven millennia of Eurasian history and stimulating the interdisciplinary discussion, in an informal university environment.

The classes, in English, will introduce the basis of ancient gold studies, alternating general lectures, to the presentation of important archaeological discoveries and the discussion of recent research projects, distinguished by an advanced scientific approach. The course will be completed by two excursions, at Vicenza and Brescia, to experience the direct observation of archaeological gold and gilded materials.
On Tuesday 26th we will be guested by the gold trade fair Vicenzaoro, to meet artisans jewelers and to visit the local Museum of Jewelry.
On Thursday 28th, we will be at Brescia, visiting the collections of the Museum of S. Giulia, a UNESCO site with important examples of Roman gilded bronzes and unique pieces of Lombard jewelry.

Candidates
The school will be opened to a group of 20 EU and non EU international students (enrolled to Master and PhD courses, schools of conservation and Italian “Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia”), active in the field of gold studies, selected according to the quality of their CV. BA students may also apply, but only if the subject of their thesis is consistent with the subject of the Winter school. Postdocs and professionals interested in gold studies are welcome.

Candidates are invited to submit their application, completing the enclosed form, before the deadline (31 December 2015). Applications sent after the deadline will be considered only if the maximum number of 20 participants will not be reached. Incomplete applications and applications presented in other languages than English will not be considered. The results of the selection will be communicated not later than early January 2016.

At the end of the School, an attendance certificate will be released, providing the opportunity to claim 4 C.F.U. – E.C.T.S. (European Credit Transfer System).

Fees
The school has no fees and will offer the cost of the two fieldtrips to all the participants. The best five students, selected by the scientific committee according to their cv, will obtain a grant, covering the accommodation (5 nights, in double or triple room).

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