12th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics
Prato della Valle, Padova


September 19th - 21st, 2013

University of Padua, Italy

The aim of this 12th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics, in accordance with former edition, is the promotion of the methodological development and use of scientific techniques in the study of archaeological and historical ceramic materials for interpreting and solving issues on provenance, production, usage, conservation, age, and technological changes over times and places. Due to interdisciplinary character of this type of studies, researchers and scholars from both human and science background will share their experience and results obtained in their most recently researches. This would encourage scientists with different expertise to join together in new research projects.

Keeping the traditional themes of former editions, the 12th EMAC will cover the following topics:

- methodological developments;

- dating ceramics;

- experimental firing;

- technology and provenance;

- alteration and conservation;

- glazed pottery;

- ceramics as building materials;

- technical ceramics.

Participants will contribute to the meeting through oral and/or poster presentations, selected by the Scientific Committee on the basis of the abstracts submitted. Each oral presentation will be 15 minutes long, including discussion and closing arguments.

Participants from non-European countries and researches on materials also from other continents are both very welcomed, and will contribute to expand the methodological, technological and cultural knowledge in the study of the ancient ceramic materials.

Participants can take advantage of University residences and Hotels that have an agreement with the University of Padova.

The city of Padova

Padova (Padua in English) is a picturesque, historic city in north-eastern Italy (about 40 km west of Venice), with combine art and science, modernity and tradition. The city centre keeps intact most of the original medieval structures, with a dense network of arcaded streets and large busy market squares, as well as magnificent palaces, towers and churches, among which, the famous Caffe' Pedrocchi, the marvels Scrovegni Chapel with the Giotto's frescoes, and the basilica of Saint Antony.

The University of Padova

The University of Padova, one of the oldest in the World, is famous for having had Galileo Galilei among its lecturers. In almost 800 years, the University of Padova contributed to the scientific revolution, to the development in the study of medicine, anatomy, astronomy, physics, mathematics, natural sciences, philosophy, human and social sciences. Its motto "Universa Universis Patavina Libertas", remarks that it was not founded as the result of a charter granted by pope of emperor, but as a "response to the specific social and cultural conditions that created a need for it". Since the beginning, Padova's reputation and the spirit of tolerance guaranteed by the Venetian Republic, had attracted students from all over the continent. Here graduated the first woman in the World.