Archaeology and the Alqueva dam project

THE CONSTRUCTION of the Alqueva dam on the Rio Guadiana in the Alentejo is the biggest project of ‘salvage archaeology’ ever undertaken in Portugal – even on a world scale, it is a big civil engineering project. Dr António Carlos Silva was in charge of it from 1996 to 2002 and will be talking to the Algarve Archaeological Association about the strategy, organisation and methods of work used during the project. He will also talk about the principal results and discoveries of the hundreds of excavations carried out in the area prior to the flooding of the dam.

The event promises to be an interesting revelation on archaeological works that are right on our door step, as well as an insight into one of Portugal’s major engineering feats. Dr. Carlos Silva’s presentation will take place on Tuesday, February 1 at the Municipal Library in Loulé at 2.30pm and at Convento de São José in Lagoa at 6.30pm. Non-members are welcome for a fee of five euros.