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Archeology, and Underwater Heritage Conservation Laboratory

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Established in 2012 for the development of research and the execution of archaeological work and conservation of underwater heritage. In this sense, it is proposed to develop studies, research, and interventions, both in the context of academic research and in the provision of services, including archaeological surveys; management and heritage education projects; surveys, monitoring, and archaeological excavation interventions; laboratory studies and conservation, in this case, of materials from wet environments; in situ conservation studies of underwater structures or wet environments; terrestrial and underwater technical and scientific consultancy. Its action strategy includes a high level of proximity to the regional population, developing research and assisting society in civic awareness directed towards the preservation of heritage and value creation.

It is based in the municipality of Alvaiázere, serving as a hub and convergence point for research and study work in the areas of Archaeology and the Conservation of National Underwater Heritage.

In the field of Archaeology, it embraces all types of work and proposals in the realm of knowledge, data management, and conversion for society, whether terrestrial or underwater.

As a link, it has relationships with other institutions, where it develops work partnerships, in networks, defined by protocols or collaborations, supporting the pedagogical component of classes for courses associated with the area and research.

It integrates a strong aspect in the creation of scientific value, direct research in the office, laboratory, and field, in the study of new methodologies and technological application, and social awareness processes for the safeguarding of cultural heritage, maintaining, in these cases, a close relationship with associations.

In the pedagogical support component, the laboratory is open to the circulation of national and international students and the integration of internships, offering, in the latter case, logistical support conditions to displaced students (accommodation with necessary conditions within the laboratory itself) so that they can temporarily develop their research projects or academic research. The reception of interns is open to all institutions that collaborate in partnership with LABACPS-IPT, national or international, in the area of scientific and technological development.

Laboratory Manager: (alexfiga@ipt.pt)

Alexandra Figueiredo, Head



To fulfill its purpose, it aims to:

  • Encourage the conception and execution of projects involving local communities, as well as promote musealization projects and thematic exhibitions of terrestrial or wet archaeological collections.
  • Encourage, support, and promote public policies for the protection of archaeological sites.
  • Promote a policy of immediate management of sites, means, and archaeological assets.
  • Raise funds for the realization of projects, research, exhibitions, actions, events, or educational activities or for the valorization and preservation of heritage, in relation to society and the scientific community.
  • Promote scientific dissemination to the academic community, fostering the publication and broad circulation of results for peer dissemination.
  • Conduct research, providing support to internal and external researchers of IPT with an interest in developing activities associated with the Laboratory, whether providing logistical and structural support or exchanging skills among collaborators.
  • Develop services in the field of archaeological heritage or conservation and restoration of underwater heritage.
  • It also aims to provide theoretical-practical support through consultancy and technical and logistical support, both nationally and internationally, in the following areas:
    • Work carried out by IPT teachers in the context of their training (Master's and Ph.D. degrees) or research work.
    • Work developed by IPT students involving technical skills applied to the study and safeguarding of heritage, whether in the form of course discipline projects or final projects or postgraduate training.
    • Development of research or service provision framed in partnerships between IPT and other public institutions.
    • Development of research or service provision framed in partnerships between IPT and the business and industrial sector.
    • Development of research or service provision framed in partnerships between IPT and research or cultural associations.

The following individuals are integral and collaborating members of LACPS:

  • Alexandra Figueiredo, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar, Center for Geosciences, University of Coimbra, Center for Historical Sciences, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, Ph.D. in Archaeology and Prehistory.
  • Silvério Figueiredo, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar, Center for Geosciences, University of Coimbra, Ph.D. in Paleontology.
  • Gonçalo Leite Velho, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar, Ph.D. in Archaeology and Prehistory.
  • Fernando Coimbra, Center for Geosciences, University of Coimbra, Ph.D. in Prehistoric Art.
  • Luis Santos, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar, Ph.D. in Biology.
  • Rui Gonçalves, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar, Ph.D., Geophysics.
  • Cláudio Monteiro, Ph.D. in Archaeology - Conservation of Underwater Materials, CAAPortugal, Center for Historical Sciences, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.
  • Anderson Tognoli, University of São Paulo (Brazil), Ph.D. student in Archaeology - Zooarchaeology.
  • Paula Marques, Master, Director of the Municipal Museum of Alvaiázere.
  • Rodrigo Aguiar, Federal University of Grande Dourados.
  • Rodrigo Pinto, Master in Anthropology, Municipal Museum of Santos Rocha.
  • José Manuel Rolão, Ph.D., Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.
  • Adolfo Silveira Martins, Ph.D. in Naval Archaeology, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.
  • Deisi Farias, USSC Lecturer - Grupep, Ph.D. in Archaeology.
  • Carlos Esquetim, Master in History, Heritage, and Archaeology, Ph.D. student in History, Center for Historical Sciences, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.
  • Sandra Peliano, Postgraduate in Archaeology, Management and Heritage Education - CAAPortugal.
  • Alexandre Peixe, Master in Archaeological Techniques, CAAPortugal.
  • Flávio Biscaia, Postgraduate in Underwater Archaeology, CAAPortugal.
  • Daivisson Santos, Postgraduate in Underwater Archaeology and Archaeology, Management, and Heritage Education.
  • Sónia Simões (Archaeologist from the University of Coimbra).
  • Miguel Martins, Ph.D., Archaeologist, Research Center.
  • Augusto Ferreira, Anthropologist, Ambigrama.
  • Daniel Alves, Anthropologist, Ambigrama.





Centro de Arqueologia Laboratorial
R. Cesário Neves,
Antiga escola primária
Junto à GNR (Alvaiázere)

Telephone - 00351 249382100
E-mail - alexfiga@ipt.pt
Cabinet - Alvaiázere - Centro de Arqueologia Laboratorial - LACPS.IPT, R. Cesário Neves, antiga escola primária. - Tomar - Campus


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