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History and profile of the department
During the ninth century, the archaeological chair at the University of Pisa, was discontinuously held by scholars with mainly linguistic-epigraphic interests: Ippolito Rossellini, Egyptologist, Michele Ferrucci (1845) and Clemente Lupi, Epigraphist, interested local antiquity.
In 1885, the first special archaeological chair was assigned to Gherardo Gherardini, one of the first official archaeologists of the new Italian State, who had worked at the General Directorate of Antiquities in Florence.
Thanks to him, it was created, at the Sapienza Palace, the first nucleus of the present Department of Archaeological Sciences: it was called "Gabinetto in Archeologia" of the Royal University of Pisa and there was taught "experimental archaeology".
From 1885 till 1899, Ghirardini studied Etruscan presence in Pisa, after important discoveries in "Piazza del Duomo" and at San Rossore. He also wanted the creation of the Plaster Cast Museum, amplified later, at the beginning of the twentieth century, by Lucio Mariani, Edoardo Galli and Quirino Giglioli.
Later, many other famous archaeologists, directed the department, living a mark on archaeological reserach: Aldo Neppi Modona, Biagio Pace, Ranuccio Bianhi Bandinelli, Giovanni Becatti Enrico Paribeni and Luciano Laurenzi.
Since 1950 till 1960, Silvio Ferri taught Greek and Roman Archaeology in Pisa: he also collected many interesting archaeological finds creating the Antiquarium and increasing the Gypsoteca.
In 1968 Paolo Enrico Arias directed the department. Arias, that had been professor in Pisa since 1961, after teaching in Bologna and Catania, really promoted the growth of the department. After him: Salvatore Settis, Giuliano Cremonesi, Andrea Carandini, Mario Antonio Radmilli, Luigi Beschi, Eugenio La Rocca, Carlo Tozzi and Mario Benzi.
 Mission statment
The department studies ancient civilizations (prehistoric, classic and medieval) and ethnologically interesting cultures, in their archaeological, artistic, anthropologic components. The department also coordinates the related lessons afferent to the faculties of Literature and Philosophy, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Natural Sciences.
The department is actually constituted by two sections:
- Archaeology and classic antiquities (that includes medieval archaeology, too)
- Human paleontology, paleo-ethnology and ethnology.
The department has six laboratories:
- Archaeometry
- Archaeozoology
- Atomic absortpion
- Drawing and restoration
- Photography and digital imaging
- Paleoanthropology
The department is related to the School of Specialization in Archaeology with four curriculums:
- Prehistoric
- Classic
- Medieval
- Oriental.
The department is the seat of the Research Doctorate in Archaeology, for the universities of Pisa, Firenze and Siena.