CAPN 2018 – Camp 2: Megalithic Tomb of Cabeço da Anta

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Location: Proença-a-Nova, PT

Season: July 30, 2018 to August 19, 2018

Application Deadline: May 31, 2018


Program Type:

RPA Certified:

Upper Tagus Study Association; Proença-a-Nova Municipal Council; University of Évora; University of Coimbra; University of Oporto; University of Algarve; Polytechnic Institute of Tomar; University of Alcalá de Henares; EMERITA Lda.; Superfície Geomática, Lda.; and Geopark Naturtejo

Project Director:
João Carlos Caninas - Upper Tagus Study Association; EMERITA, Lda.; University of Évora doctoral student

Project Description:

Following the work carried out in the last years, it is our purpose to continue the investigation of the building methods and funeral rites used for this dolmen with a chamber and nine slabs, already delimited on the surface and covered by a large tumulus (35 metres in diameter and almost 3.5 metres high).

The mound is very well preserved both in plan and height, being slightly higher than the top of the biggest slab. A few sampling trenches were opened in the mound, especially two radial sampling trenches with orthogonal directions covering all the mound, from the chamber to the periphery.

Cabeço da Anta was made almost exclusively of metasedimentary rocks available locally, being scarce the use of filonean quartz.

We think the continuity of archaeological work at these megalithic monuments, notably Cabeço da Anta, reinforced by complementary physical, chemical, palaeoenvironmental, and archaeometric analysis, will be fundamental for a more profound knowledge of these megalithic architectures and associated rituals, funerary or not, and to a closer approach to the matrix and evolution of prehistoric settlement in this territory. This kind of effort was materialized through the development of a research programme covering all the Late Prehistory of the region: project “Mesopotamos”.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Neolithic (4th to 3rd millennium BC)

Megalithic Culture; Portuguese Neolithic

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
The fees include accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), transport for the whole programme (including days off) and documentation. There is free access to wireless internet hotspots at the accommodation (Seminary) and other areas (Cafeteria of the Urban Park). For participants from countries outside the Iberian Peninsula, the prices include translation to English and transport from Lisbon International Airport to CAPN (roughly 230 km), where appropriate.  Alternatively to the basic accommodation, CAPN may provide hotel accommodation (four stars) with breakfast, access to the pool, gymnasium and sauna (Hotel das Amoras), at an extra cost. Cost: Two weeks: 750.00 € Three weeks: 1100.00 €

Contact Information:

João Carlos Caninas

Proença-a-Nova Town Hall



Phone: 3.51965E+11

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