A joint program accredited by Masaryk University (Faculty of Arts, PANE: Centre for Prehistoric Archaeology of the Near East) in collaboration with CAMNES


The Summer School in archaeological conservation is a joint intensive program by Masaryk University (PANE, Center of Prehistoric Archaeology of the Near East) and CAMNES (Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Easter Studies). The School takes place during the month of July in Florence, Italy, and aims at introducing students to the restoration and conservation practices applied to archaeology. The program combines fundamental conservation techniques with hands-on lab work on different types of ancient artifacts (ceramic, metal & glass) mainly unearthed at the CAMNES excavation of the Etruscan Necropolis of Pratino in Tuscania (Upper Latium). 

PERIOD: June 30th - August 1st 2020


APPLY HERE: Masaryk University Application webpage

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    Italy - July 2020
    Masaryk University - CAMNES Joint Program

Course detailes

The MUNI-CAMNES Summer School’s program is held in English language and it is mainly aimed at students in their Bachelor or Master degree years. The program offers well-balanced practical and theoretical content and meets high standards in the facilities, experts and locations involved. Students learn what happens to the finds once they leave their recovery contexts and arrive in the laboratory: here, in the fully equipped CAMNES archaeology laboratory, students experience full hands-on activities. Students in fact are involved in the professional process chain of cleaning, consolidation, restoration, conservation, repointing, documentation, study, and storage of the archaeological finds. The course also includes visits to museums and study trips to relevant archaeological sites in Florence. The course takes place from Monday to Friday included.

Tuition fee:

Credits & contact hours:

The program is fully accredited by Masaryk University (9 ECTS credits, upon request) for a total number of 140 contact hours.

Program schedule:

Check-in: Tuesday June 30th
Orientation + Class beginning: Wednesday July 1st
Class ending: Friday July 31st
Check-out: Saturday August 1st

Course schedule

The full detailed program will be delivered after enrollment.
Classes take place from Mondays to Thursdays included

Week 1
  • Orientation; Introduction and description to the course structure
  • Class lectures: Introduction to conservation; Tuscania, the archaeological context of the   artifacts and the Etruscan civilization
  • Lab work
Week 2
  • Class lectures: Elements of ceramic and glass technology and metallurgy; Data recording and examination; The conservation report;
  • Lab work
  • Visit to a site
Week 3
  • Class lecture: Material deterioration and effects
  • Lab work
  • Visit to a site
Week 4
  • Lab work
  • Visit to a site
Week 5
  • Lab work
  •  Final exam

General admission requirements

  • Students must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program
  • Students must be enrolled within a Bachelor or Master degree program

Students whose first language is not English must provide proof of English
proficiency. Non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate that they have reached a high-intermediate level (B2, according to CEFR) in the English language skills, with certification or other evidence equivalent to the following minimum overall TOEFL iBT score of 87 or higher / IELTS score 5.5. or higher.

  • Students at the moment of arrival must have a valid medical/travel insurance
  • Proof of tuition payment

Acceptance of late applicants is subject to available space in the program. If you do not meet one of these criteria or should you be interested in EU credits, please contact the Masaryk University International Enrollment Office: for additional information and instructions.

General information

The stay in Florence consists of regular attendance at the CAMNES Institute, where the participants follow scheduled daily classes in the school’s premises and around the city (if pertinent) from Monday to Friday included.

Minimum number of participants required to open the Summer School: 5
Maximum number of participants: 12

The tuition fee includes:

• The entire course for a total of 140 contact hours
• Accommodation in double room in apartment with kitchen • Lunches on work days
• Credits (upon request)
• Course reader
• Access to the CAMNES library
• Study trips and museum visits (travel and tickets)
• Lab equipment (materials, tools)

The tuition fee does not include:

• Travels costs to reach Florence (Italy)
• Breakfast and dinner
• Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
• International medical/travel insurance (mandatory)

Accommodation and Board

Students are hosted in selected apartments in the city center of Florence in a double room, equipped with kitchen and washing machine. The rooms are assigned according to roommate requests, common program and gender. Single rooms are available for an extra cost. Rooms with air conditioning are also available for an extra cost.
Lunch on working days are obtained with a voucher at an affiliated cafeteria.


Masaryk University
  • Faculty of Arts - International Office
  • Florence Office
  • Address: A. Nováka, 1 - 602 00 Brno (Czech Republic)
  • Address: Via del Giglio, 15 - 50123c Firenze (Italy)

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