As Christmas approaches everybody is getting ready to eat lots of sweets and put aside work for a few days of rest. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have work to do until the 24th – quite the opposite! So today we will give you a quick rundown of one… Read More »Merry Christmas and happy new… lithics?
Breathtaking landscapes – impressive formations – admirable settings: While observing all these features in the environment, a number of questions may arise as: How were all these features formed? Are they related with past landscapes? Can we predict how is it going to be in the future? One way to… Read More »Just another day in class… or is it?
As you may have already heard, Archaeology is a science that studies the human past by analyzing bones, rocks, charcoal, ceramics, or shells (among others) that are in archaeological sites. These archaeological sites are very important, because they were the home of past human communities, where we find the remains… Read More »A day in the lab.
Ok, maybe you can. But that doesn’t mean that science is not a crucial part of education for both children and adults. Science helps us know things about the world, acquire general knowledge and develop a critical mind – and Archaeology is an essential key for all of this. By… Read More »You can’t spell Education without Science.
Excavating sites and collecting stratigraphic information are destructive and unrepeatable processes since it is impossible to re-excavate the same area and retrieve the same data. As such, creating a solid and secure archaeological record is the most crucial task for all archaeologists. However, the retrieved data has changed through time,… Read More »From photogrammetry to iPad Pro in Archaeology
The archaeological site of Santa Vitória is the first ditched enclosure excavated in Portugal and is located in Campo Maior (Portalegre), in Alentejo. It was excavated in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In these initial interventions, it was possible to identify two sinuous ditches that delimit two enclosures (which… Read More »The prehistoric “flower” of Santa Vitória (Campo Maior, Portugal)
Can you guess what the most scientifical night of the year is? That’s right, you guessed it (or not) – it’s the European Researchers’ Night! Every year on the last Friday of September, researchers across Europe gather to make science accessible and fun to visitors. This year the event happened… Read More »A night of… science?
Ever wondered what our “cousins”, the neanderthals, were up to during their time? We have. In fact, many archaeologists have, and studying neanderthals and the Middle Paleolithic has been a key aspect in Archaeology. Recently our colleague and friend, Jovan Galfi, has been studying a Middle Paleolithic stone tool assemblage… Read More »Studying the stone tools at Escoural.
We hope you enjoy your veggies because today we are going to talk about… agriculture. Humans didn’t always accompany their meat with lettuce, tomato, and carrot, nor did we always have bread or cereal for breakfast. In fact, agriculture marked a revolution in human (pre)history. Starting at about 10,000 years… Read More »The beginnings of agriculture.
Stone tools are a key aspect of prehistory. They are well preserved in the archaeological record and can tell us a lot about the technology and culture of hunter gatherer groups. Nowadays, we have plastic and metal – our knives, forks and scissors are all made of these materials. In… Read More »August is the month for… fieldwork!