The Center of Archaeology, Arts and Heritage Sciences (previous CEAUCP), Research Unit 281 of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, is a R&D Unit in the field of Archaeology and of the many disciplines that Archaeology interacts with in the debate on evolution dynamics of the societies of the past. Founded in 1993 by professors and researchers from the Universities of Coimbra and Porto and based at the University of Coimbra, associates, at present, researchers from the Universities of Coimbra, Portugal, Porto, Mértola Archaeological Site (CAM) and various institutions working in the fields of heritage.
Scientific coordinator: Maria da Conceição Lopes
The Center of Archaeology, Arts and Heritage Sciences serves as an multidisciplinary hub condensing several disciplines within the field of archaeology, arts and heritage sciences. Recent Pre-History, Proto-History, studies on the “Romanization” of the Iberian Peninsula, Medieval and Modern Archaeology and Epigraphical studies formed the basis of the R&D unit to which were added Vernacular Architecture, Urban Archaeology, Archaeology of Latin America, Near Eastern Archaeology and new disciplines such as Archaeogeography.
The recent rearrangement of our Research Center accentuated this multidisciplinary. By opening it up to new fields of studies new researched joined in creating a plural space for a wide range of archaeological, arts and heritage research which crosses continents, periods and approaches in its exploration of the diversity of the human past.
As part of its strategy, participation in projects and national and international networks are configured as a priority for CEAACP.
The organization, independently or in partnership with national and international scientific structures of Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Colloquiums, Round Tables and experimental courses, is assumed as part of the research process, assumed as an area of debate and knowledge transfer.
The establishment of partnerships and agreements with public and private entities naturally has the same purpose of thickening quantitative and qualitative research objectives in the transfer and application of knowledge.
Own and collaborative publications are a key vehicle for the dissemination of research that is promoted and debated in the CEAACP.