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Exact Methods in Research of Historic Monuments

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16EPAM ZK 2 2+0
Garant předmětu:
Ladislav Musílek
Ladislav Musílek
Department of Dosimetry and Application of Ionizing Radiation

Aims and methods of historic monument investigations, methods of age determination (radiocarbon, thermoluminescence and related methods, further radiation methods, dendrochronology, archaeomagnetism), analytical methods for determination of origin and production technologies of artefacts (activation analysis, X-ray fluorescence analysis and other methods), photogrammetry.


No specific prerequisities

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Aims and possibilities of investigations of historic monuments and objects

2. Review of methods of monument investigations using natural sciences and their development

3. Dating methods: radiocarbon method and its use

4. Dating methods: thermoluminescence - method and examples of its use

5. Optically stimulated luminescence and its place among dating methods

6. Electron spin resonance and its application in archaeology

7. Other radiation methods of dating

8. Dendrochronological dating

9. Archaeomagnetism and other non-radiation methods of dating

10. Analytical methods: activation analysis - principle, advantages and limits of usability

11. Analytical methods: X-ray fluorescence analysis and other methods

12. Photogrammetry as a method for investigation of historic architecture

13. Summary: materials and methods

Syllabus of tutorials:
Study Objective:


Methods used in the study of historical subjects and objects by using knowledge of natural sciences.


Evaluation methods, their advantages and disadvantages in different applications. Possibilities of collaboration with various branches of science in this matter.

Study materials:

Key references:

[1] D.C. Creagh - D.A. Bradley (Eds.): Radiation in Art and Archeometry. Amsterdam, Elsevier 2000

Recommended references:

[2] L. Musílek: Applicatïon of ionising radiation in research (in Czech). Praha, ČVUT 1992

[3] M.J. Aitken: Science-based Dating in Archaeology. London and New York, Longman 1990

[4] D.R. Brothwell - A.M. Pollard (Eds.): Handbook of Archaeological Sciences. Wiley, Chichester 2001

[5] M. Martini - M. Milazzo - M. Piazentini (Eds.): Physics Methods in Archaeometry. IOS Press, Amsterdam 2004.

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