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Quaternary, Prehistory and Archeology

General information for the a.y. 2024-2025

Interuniversity programme with Università degli studi di Ferrara and Università di Verona and Università di Trento

Disciplinary areaScience
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations

The course is managed by the Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences


The degree programme offers interdisciplinary and applied training in the field of Archaeology, from Prehistory to the Middle Ages. The programme is divided into two theme curricula available: 1. Prehistory and Protohistory, 2. Archaeology In order to facilitate attendance, the programme may be attended in traditional mode (face-to-face) or remotely using the videoconference system.

Programme contents

The programme meets the need for broad, non-sectoral knowledge in the analysis of human and cultural evolution, through the development of methodological, biological, palaeoenvironmental, geoarchaeological, archaeological and prehistoric fields. The study of prehistory and archaeology today is based on the full integration of historical/literary and scientific knowledge. The degree provides expertise in ancient natural environments, material culture and sources for understanding biological, environmental, technological, economic, cultural, social and historical developments. In addition to the wide range of teachings available in these areas, students participate in practical experience in internationally renowned archaeological excavations and in state-of-the-art scientific laboratories for the study of cultural heritage.

Job opportunities

The programme trains graduates to the professions of palaeontologist, anthropologist, archaeologist, museum curator and conservator, superintendency official. Job opportunities include management, design, valorisation, consultancy and research in public or private bodies responsible for cultural and natural heritage; scientific and archaeological museums and parks; excavation activities; predictive mapping of risk and territorial archaeological potential for urban planning; archaeological and historical landscape impact assessment; bibliographic, geo-iconographic, historical and archival research, cataloguing, archiving and database management; specialised museum education; specialised publishing and scientific dissemination; professional training courses.

More information

Course Director:
Prof.ssa Federica Fontana
tel. 0532 293704
Tutoring delegate:
Dott.ssa Marta Arzarello
tel. 0532 293736