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Study in Prato in 2016

ENG2121: Diagnostics for Cultural Heritage


Introduction to Diagnostics for Cultural heritage is a lecture course with case studies analysis and field sessions, covering techniques and methodologies applied to the field of Diagnostics of Cultural Heritage artefacts. Students will be introduced to the use of state-of-the-art technologies and participate in field studies in Florence and Prato on paintings, architectural monuments and archaeological sites.

The unit will cover five main topics:

  • Diagnostic multi-spectral imaging
  • Analytical Diagnostics
  • 3D Scanning
  • Geophysical survey
  • Archaeometry

This two-week course introduces participants to the fascinating yet very complex field of Conservation Science applied to Art, Architecture and Archaeology and allows them to have the opportunity to be directly involved in studies on CH artefacts in a lab environment and in the field, using state of the art technologies.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understand how cultural heritage artefacts can be analysed to identify its properties, materials used.
  2. Understand the decay processes and techniques originally used in the manufacturing/building process of cultural heritage artefacts.
  3. Assess the state of conservation for artefacts.
  4. Understand the search and discovery of new archaeological sites with non-invasive airborne or ground technologies.

A basic knowledge of chemistry, physics and history of art, architecture and archaeology is beneficial but not mandatory.

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ENG2121: Diagnostics to Cultural Heritage Handbook Entry

Professor Maurizio Seracini's bio

Monash Prato Website

Guide to Prato Centre: Covers all you need to know about living and studying in Prato

Teaching Period: 28th of November 2016 - 9th of December 2016.

Please observe these important dates regarding your enrolment.

Unit Code and Name Semester Dates Withdrawn Early ends Withdrawn Late starts Withdrawn Fail starts Last day to discontinue units (fail grade)
Academic penalties apply
Diagnostics to Cultural Heritage
T4-57 28 November - 9 December 2016 26/11/2016 27/11/2016 01/12/2016 04/12/2016

Application Form: Applications close Monday 1st August 2016.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 must be paid by Friday 5th August 2016 to secure your place

For all enquiries please contact: Samantha Lipscombe on 9905 3418 or email