cod. 1010848

Academic year 2024/25
2° year of course - First semester
Alessia MORIGI
Academic discipline
Topografia antica (L-ANT/09)
Ambito aggregato per crediti di sede
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

-Knowledge and understanding
Students will develop knowledge and comprehension competence in the field of ancient topography thanks to the use of different sources (manuals, books and scientific articles, lectures, online learning objects etc.) regarding foundation topics and advanced research in the field of the ancient landscape. Competences acquired in the first cycle will be strengthened and expanded allowing students to elaborate and apply original ideas.
-Applying knowledge and understanding
Students will be able to apply the knowledge and understanding skills useful to participate with high responsibility functions to activities aimed at safeguarding, managing and enhancing the archaeological landscape; they will be able to master the sources and techniques of investigation of the ancient environment, with particular reference to the limitationes, to water regulations and to the road system also in their impact on the ancient settlement history and in their survivals in the contemporary landscape; they will be aware of the consistency and the thickness of the archaeological heritage in its landscape components; they will be able to read and evaluate the form and land use and place it in the right historical, cultural and socio-communicative context; will be able to collaborate, with roles of responsibility, to possible excavation activities, archaeological survey and other field activities useful to reconstruct and map the settlement diacronia of the ancient landscape.
-Making judgements
Students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine autonomous judgements in in the field of ancient topography, including cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking on cultural and intercultural, scientific and ethical topics connected to the judgements expressed. Students will be able to integrate their knowledge, manage complexity and make judgements based on limited or incomplete data.
-Communication skills
Students will be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists. Students can make conclusions clearly and through the support of their knowledge. They will also be able to explain the reasons for their conclusions, with the possible help of digital tools and new technologies applied to cultural heritage.
-Learning skills
Students will develop learning skills useful to continue studying autonomously and in a self-directed way in lifelong learning education.


The attendance of the master module of Ancient Topography presupposes the acquisition of the skills of the three-year exam of Archeology of the Classical World

Course unit content

The course will examine the construction and operation of the ancient landscape as the coefficient of identity and consent in the Roman world. Of the integrated urban-rural will investigate the main factors of development and territorial control, or settlement programs, plans, agricultural divisions, ramping water, roads and infrastructure rationalization. The examination of the lymphatic system of the ancient landscape will see the contribution of humanistic skills and techniques required to professional archaeologist and surveyor for the collection, processing and editing of data: decoding of written sources and archaeological excavation, surface reconnaissance , cartographic bases and operating systems, card archaeological risk, preventive archeology, new technologies applied to cultural heritage, archeological documentalistica, e-archeology. Tools, objectives and methods of contemporary archaeological research will contribute ultimately to define the contribution of archaeological sciences to the management aware of the environment and the management of cultural heritage.

Full programme

Il programma aggiornato per studenti frequentanti e non frequentanti sarà disponibile sul sito Elly del corso a partire dal primo giorno di lezione


Il programma aggiornato per studenti frequentanti e non frequentanti sarà disponibile sul sito Elly del corso a partire dal primo giorno di lezione

Teaching methods

Distance frontal teaching integrated by video links with archaeological areas and museums useful to guarantee the student the necessary contact with the archaeological find and context and enriched by spaces for interaction with students and any individual or group work; on-site teaching with stratigraphic excavation and archaeological survey as part of the SFERA Program and compatibly with the evolution of the health emergency Covid-19

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.
The oral exam will be based on a discussion about the written part and of
topics dealt with during the classes and through the study of materials
and books assigned.
A fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an inability to make independent judgments. A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators
listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.

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