Algarve Archaeological Map 1883 by Estácio da Veiga
Algarve Archaeological Map 1883 by Estácio da Veiga

Algarve Archaeological Association lectures

Estácio da Veiga (1828-1891) and the archaeological heritage of the Algarve

The Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) will be presenting two lectures in English on Tuesday, December 6, by Dra Elisabete Pereira. The first lecture will be at 2.30pm at the Museu do Traje in São Brás, the second at 6pm at the Convento de São José in Lagoa.

Dra Elisabete Pereira will be talking about the work of Estácio da Veiga, an important figure in the history of archaeology in Portugal and the Algarve in particular.

Ara de Tatianos, Santa Luzia, Tavira 2nd century AD
Ara de Tatianos, Santa Luzia, Tavira 2nd century AD
Bust of Dionysis, Milreu Estoi 2nd century AD
Bust of Dionysis, Milreu Estoi 2nd century AD

As a result of his survey work in the 19th century, he identified some of the most important archaeological sites in the region and formed a remarkable collection of objects from various locations in the Algarve. This collection gave rise to the Archaeological Museum of the Algarve, curiously opened in Lisbon in 1880.

Elisabete will be relating the history of the archaeological investigations of Estácio da Veiga, the history of the objects that were collected and some of the personalities that he collaborated with, including priests, landowners, industrialists and collectors. Their work played a decisive role in the preservation of the archaeological heritage of the Algarve region.

Dra Elisabete Pereira is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History in Évora (University Nova de Lisboa-University of Évora) and holds a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science with a specialisation in Museology (2017).

Cup with applied cabuchons, Tavira
Cup with applied cabuchons, Tavira
Cup with applied cabuchons, Tavira
Cup with applied cabuchons, Tavira

 

She is the co-coordinator of the dictionary Quem é Quem na Museologia Portuguesa (Who’s Who in Portuguese Museology) and Principal researcher of the project “TRANSMAT – Transnational materialities (1850-1930): reconstituting collections and connecting histories”.

Her research focuses on the history of collections and her PhD thesis was awarded funding by the Direcção-Geral do Património Cultural of Portugal for its publication in 2018 (Archaeological Collections and Knowledge Networks: Actors, Collections and Objects 1850-1930).

Non-members are welcome to attend AAA lectures for a €5 admission fee, with all money raised by the AAA being used for archaeological grants and speakers.

For more information contact algarvearchass@gmail.com, visit arquealgarve.weebly.com or Facebook ‘Algarve Archaeological Association‘. Please check the website or Facebook page for any last-minute changes.

By JANE ROBERTSON