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Metalwork Wear Analysis: An Online Masterclass

The Newcastle University is organizing an online course ‘Metalwork Wear Analysis: An Online Masterclass‘ – taking place on the 27th and 28th June 2024.

The masterclass consists of a blend of lectures and practical object observation sessions hosted from Newcastle University’s Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory.

It is led by Professor Andrea Dolfini (Newcastle University, UK), a world leader in the microscopic and experimental analysis of prehistoric copper-alloy objects. He will be assisted by Dr Martin Odler, a renowned specialist in ancient Egyptian metalwork.

The masterclass 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 subject knowledge or experience is required.

What will I learn?

Day 1

-Metalwork Wear Analysis: History, goals and methods
-Kit, protocol, and practicalities
-The usewear analysis of copper-alloy axeheads
-Usewear analysis practice (axeheads)

Day 2

-Taking microphotographs and dental casts
-The usewear analysis of swords and other bladed implements
-Usewear analysis practice (swords)
-Usewear analysis practice (spearheads)

For more information or to register for the course, please see the attached leaflet or visit: Course Detail · CPD Portal (

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