Newsletter issue 43

During 8 September – 15 October 2020 online classes will be streamed (live) and during 1 – 6 March 2021 a practical workshop will take place at Athens in Greece on the ‘CONSERVATION AND PHYSICOCHEMICAL STUDY OF METAL ARTIFACTS FROM THE CRUSADER PERIOD’. The course will be organized by the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University (NL), the Netherlands Institute at Athens (NIA), the Ephorate of Antiquities of Euboea (Chalkis), and the Greek Research Centre/Laboratory ‘NCSR Demokritos’ at Athens.

This course provides a unique opportunity for BA, MA, RMA and PhD students to gain more knowledge and a hands-on experience in conservation of metal artifacts from the Crusader period. It guides the participants through the Crusader history and technology of Byzantine metal objects in Greece, and through stages of the study, conservation, restoration and documentation of archaeological artifacts. The practical classes will be based on authentic metal finds from Euboea (GR). In addition, a first approach of physicochemical analyses will be presented. All teaching will be in English. In Greece, accommodation will be provided by the Netherlands Institute at Athens (NIA) and everything will be carried out with consideration of the acquired social distancing.