Excavations 2017


This is a temporary blog for presenting the excavations of 2017 at Perdigões. Posts from 2011 to 2016 are still available.

Friday, 28 April 2017

0185 - What is waiting for us


Next week we will start the excavation of Tomb 3. Well, not precisely start. In 2004, while we were excavating Tomb 2, a first approach to this feature was done. An assemblage of large blades were just appearing in the surface, together with some human bones, brought up by the ploughing. So a survey was done just to define the top of the structure (see publication).

Apart from some human remains, especially teeth (with an anthropological study already published – see here), a fantastic assemblage of large blades was collected (in a very small area, showing that they must have been deposited as a pack). A part from the blades, the top of the structure, affected by the ploughing, also provided some almost complete pots and a fragment of a phalange idol. It is a very promising context.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

0184 - Back for the 20th campaign


Next Monday we will be back to Perdigões, to start a new campaign. It will be the 20th. Yes, the Perdigões research project commemorates 20 years, as does Era Arqueologia that runs it.

We are starting the excavation of Tomb 3, in the so called necropolis (doesn't make much sense anymore, for it seems that funerary contexts are all over the place). The human remains from this tomb will be integrated in the research project on mobility in Perdigões, financed by the Portuguese Science Foundation.

This campaign will cover four weeks in May and another four weeks in July, and will also focus in the central area of the enclosures. As usual, you may follow here the diary.