Metalwork Wear Analysis: An Online Masterclass

This two-day online masterclass introduces the principles and methods of Metalwork Wear Analysis (MWA) to beginners.

MWA enables the recognition, evaluation, and interpretation of the traces visible on prehistoric and historic copper-alloy objects using a range of optical and electronic microscopes. The method gives insights into the life cycle of objects including their manufacture, uses, repairs, and post-depositional history, including conservation.

The masterclass consists of a blend of lectures and practical object-observation sessions livestreamed from Newcastle’s Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory. Participants will learn how to observe and interpret the marks visible on original (prehistoric) and modern (replica) bronzes from Newcastle University and Great North Museum's collections.

A copy of the learning material, a reading list, and a certificate of attendance will be provided to participants.

The course will be of interest to students, researchers, museum keepers, and conservators working with ancient and historic copper-alloy artefacts from any period of human (pre)history and region of the world. No previous knowledge of the topic is required.

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Learning Outcomes

To gain introductory theoretical and practical knowledge of Metalwork Wear Analysis, including goals, methods, equipment, analytical protocol, and expected results

Course Agenda

Each unit of delivery will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by question time and a short break, with a longer break halfway through.

27th June

  • 10:00 Welcome and introduction
  • 10:10 Metalwork Wear Analysis: History, goals and methods
  • 11:00 Kit, protocol, and practicalities
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  • 12:00 Coffee break
  • 12:30 The usewear analysis of copper-alloy axeheads
  • 13:30 Usewear analysis practice (axeheads)
  • 14:30 End of Day 1

28th June

  • 10:00 Welcome to Day 2
  • 10:10 Taking microphotographs and dental casts
  • 11:00 The usewear analysis of swords and other bladed implements
  • 12:00 Coffee break
  • 12:30 Usewear analysis practice (swords)
  • 13.30 Usewear analysis practice (spearheads)
  • 14:30 End of course

Course Dates

Course Start Date:  Thursday, June 27, 2024 10:00 AM

Course End Date :  Friday, June 28, 2024 2:30 PM

Enrolment Dates

Enrolment Start Date:  Monday, May 27, 2024 8:00 AM

Enrolment End Date :  Wednesday, June 26, 2024 12:00 PM

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Price per attendee is £100.00 (zero VAT)