The LaBAAF is equipped to carry out recovery treatments, archiving, classification and 2- and 3-dimensional reproduction of archaeological finds (Room.238); selection and sampling of materials for detailed analysis (Rooms 229, 125 and 343); analysis of organic and inorganic samples (Rooms.229 and 343).
The material classes (bone, lithic, pottery, metal, glass, human and faunal remains) are investigated according to their different characteristics, adopting study methodologies shared by the scientific community. The methodologies of investigation can be defined as:
- Raw materials,
- Functional Analysis and
Although each of these methodologies can be independently developed, with its own methodologies, terminologies and instrumentation, it is necessary to carry out all five synergistically in order to better understand human behaviour. The LaBAAF is equipped with all the instruments (Room.229) and skills to pursue and develop these methodologies to the best of its ability. It also develops experimental archaeology projects to understand and define archaeological artefacts and evidence.
In the LaBAAF the activities of study and preparation for editing of archaeological and bioarchaeological finds from the excavations of the courses take place. The LaBAAF is attended by all Bachelor's and Master's Degree students, as well as PhD students and researchers who, for various reasons, ask to be part of it for their investigation. Access to the LaBAAF is gained by making a formal application to Professor Annaluisa Pedrotti (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to the reference lecturer.
In the LaBAAF (Rooms 226 and 125) all the preparatory operations for the study of archaeological finds are carried out, such as cleaning, restoration and inventory. Students who request it are involved in the study and analysis of the finds, which involves the following stages of work:
- Dry cleaning or, when possible, by washing.
- Restoration, identification of attachments and gluing.
- Study and cataloguing of the material by inserting the data in a specific database.
- Classic drawing, "polishing" and raster scanning.
- Photographic documentation.
- Spatial distribution of the quantities and types of significant pieces on the relative surfaces and reference sections.
- Taxonomic analysis of the morphology of the artefacts.