Project 2015/2020

Implementation strategy


Besides the research & management structure as described, CGeo will pursue 3 levels of implementation: regional contextual projects (including science and society interaction), specific problem solving addresses (strong link with industry) and fundamental research advances (contributions rooted in the first two). The first level has a strong impact in development and will include regional projects, in Central Portugal but also beyond Portugal, in Spain, Greece, Ethiopia, Angola, Namibia, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Brazil and Colombia. The second level will keep the tradition of CGeo-Industry collaborations, with a direct impact in economic growth. The third level will result in major conferences, book synthesis and the development of models. All these levels are also interconnected with the PhD, Post-doc and MSc programs offered by CGeo academic partners. All of them have relevant international networks, in some cases under the Erasmus Mundus program.

The Quaternary and Prehistory group will focus on these strands within a series of regional projects, for which the other groups will also concur. In the Iberian Peninsula, the global project on the Tagus valley (Portugal and Spain) will target the Middle Tagus as its core area. In 2014 will be structured the new generation of detailed studies on past technologies (lithics, ceramics, bone), including the organization of an experimental archaeology farm in Mação. These will all be fully operational by 2015.

The regional approach will be divided into several specific projects, to be sponsored by FCT, local authorities and the European Union: lithic reference collection; ceramics reference collection; rock art database; dating of MIS 11 through MIS 5 contexts; Holocene chronostratigraphy; quaternary and prehistory knowledge socialization. A second major context is in the Badajoz Province, focusing on early humans, a topic that is also assessed in Portugal (but with more limited evidences).

Research in Africa has a major interest in cultural and natural landscapes, and CGeo is collaborating with a number of projects that include rock art studies and lithic assemblages technology assessment, under such framework (Ethiopia, Senegal, Tanzania …). The origin of humans in western Africa is a primary concern of CGeo for the cycle 2015-2020, and related specific projects, in partnership with institutions in Angola and Namibia, are being prepared at this stage. Supporting the application of Angola for Tchitundu Hulu to become world heritage is one of the targets as well, within a strategy to build a comprehensive assessment of the archaeology of Angola.

The work in Brazil follows several avenues, in close collaboration with local universities and research centres: lithic and ceramic studies, rock art, geoparks, heritage quality assessment, past settlement patterns in relation to climate changes, integrated landscape management relating resources, needs and logistics. Focal basis for these projects are well consolidated in the South (Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina), and similar resources will be organized in the SE in 2015 (in Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro), in the NE also in 2015 (Maranhão, Piauí), in the Center West in 2017 (in Goiás) and in the North in 2018 (Tocantins). This plan follows the ongoing research in 14 brazilian states and its expected results.