Offre de thèse : Characterisation of binders used for premodern plasters in the ever-changing urban environments (Prague)

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The candidate is expected to conduct research on plasters and mortars, primarily from the archaeological sites Palaepaphos and Nea Paphos in Cyprus. The study includes fieldwork, collection of samples, characterisation of mortars and precursor raw materials including microscopic and chemical analysis, experimental research of production and processing technologies, data processing and publication of the results. The research should attempt to link the binders of mortars with their use in buildings and structures, aiming at an enhanced understanding of technological changes from the Late Bronze Age to the Roman times. As a result, the following lines of inquiry should be followed (not necessarily all of them): The beginnings of lime technologies in plaster use as such; diachronic changes on the Palaepaphos and Nea Paphos sites, targeting two or three specific periods; differing functional uses of lime plasters for private and public buildings, on the interior and exterior. More specific questions will emerge from the initial assessment of the available samples as well as individual preferences of the applicant. Required in all scenarios will be the ability to combine the various approaches, resulting in a truly interdisciplinary work. Any analytic/archaeometric results need likewise to be embedded in broader archaeological and culture-historical questions/context. This is the position ESR15 within the PlaCe-ITN project: Interdisciplinary studies of pre-modern Plasters and Ceramics from the eastern Mediterranean.

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