She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History specializing in Archaeology from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra, where she has spent her whole academic career on an exclusively contract. She is an Associate Professor in the History, Archaeology and Arts Department at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra (FLUC).
She teaches in the Bachelor’s Degree course in History and Archaeology and in the Master’s Degree course in Archaeology and Territory. She teaches or has taught a wide range of subjects, notably: peninsular pre-historic archaeology, peninsular proto-historic archaeology, excavation methods and techniques, the analysis of pre- and proto-historic materials, the genesis and consolidation of the Celtic world, archaeology laboratory, ritual and symbolic expressions in pre- and proto-history, a Bachelor’s degree seminar, the pre-Roman world in Portugal, the pre- and proto-historic settlement of the Beiras Province, and spaces and societies. She coordinates the Doctorate in Archaeology at FLUC. She is a researcher at the Archaeological Studies Centre at the University of Coimbra and Porto. Her main research interest areas are: the Bronze Age and Iron Age problematics in the peninsular context and its multiple dimensions. She is also interested in settlement archaeology, the archaeology of natural places, ritual and cultural expressions, and ancient metallurgy.
She has written more than 100 books or articles. She was awarded the Gulbenkian Archaeology Prize (1997).