Policies in Archaeology Intervention

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Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Students are recommended to have finished, with high marks, a number of course units of the 1st Cycle of Studies in Archaeology, namely the technical and methodological course units.

Teaching Methods

The proposed subjects will be discussed jointly, always building on the presentation of course contents deemed essential. In addition to the theoretical component, each session will favor interactivity, by means of i) the critical analysis of images and texts and ii) the discussion of subjects from research works carried out by students. Some Archaeology professionals may be invited to present the work they develop both in the contexts of public administration and of private activity.  The educational resources mostly include PowerPoint presentations.

Learning Outcomes

Be familiar with the legal and organic framework of Archaeology and Heritage

Acquire knowledge to facilitate their participation and the provision of opinions concerning archaeological heritage towards informed decision-making

Be familiar with the procedures for the classification of buildings and the fixing of Special Protection Areas

Know how to select adequate record and data management methodologies for the development of heritage charts and territorial management plans of a municipal nature (land-use plans)

Be familiar with the elements that should be reported in the tender documents

Develop critical thinking allowing them to select, according to the Safeguard Plans, both the record methodologies most adequate to different studies - from Environmental Impact Studies and Reports on Environmental Conformity with the Execution Project, to the monitoring of works and preventive/emergency excavations - ,and the most appropriate measures for the minimization of impacts.

Work Placement(s)



1. General and introductory provisions: the legal and organic framework of Archaeology and Heritage; organization, regulation and professional deontology; archaeology and society.

2. Archaeology within the framework of public administration: courses of action of the governing authorities, tasks of a municipal archaeologist (archaeological charts; Land-use plans; processes of classification of buildings; urban archaeology; social dissemination of knowledge).

3. Archaeology within the framework of private activity (the practice of archaeology within the framework of contractual archaeology - companies and self-employed professionals): environmental impact assessment; safeguard plans; compensation, minimization (and monitoring) measures; monitoring of works; preventive and emergency excavations; elaboration and application of tender documents.

Head Lecturer(s)

Pedro Jorge Cardoso Carvalho

Assessment Methods

Continuous Assessment
Oral presentation and in class participations: 10.0%
Frequency: 40.0%
Synthesis work: 50.0%


Atas do 2º Workshop sobre "Critérios de Avaliação de Impacte Ambiental – O Registo" (Coord.: L. ROCHA G. BRANCO), CHAIA, Universidade de Évora, 2014.

Cadernos de Encargos em Arqueologia – Documento de trabalho definitivo (25 de Novembro de 2007), Associação Profissional de arqueólogos.

LEMOS, F. Sande (2006): “A Lei e a Arqueologia Urbana”, Praxis Archaeologica, 1, APA, p. 15-21.

SILVA, A. C. (2007): “Arqueologia empresarial: questões legais a montante dos Cadernos de Encargos”, ERA Arqueologia, n.º 8, Lisboa, p. 14-18.

SILVA, A. M. S. P. (2000): “O Gabinete de Arqueologia Urbana do Porto: notas à margem de uma experiência de intervenção patrimonial”, Al-Madan, 9, Almada, p. 130-140.

SILVA, A. M. S. P. (2005): “O acompanhamento arqueológico de obras: uma intervenção muito própria”, Revista Portuguesa de Arqueologia, 8 (1), Lisboa, p. 459-469.

VALERA, A. C. (2007): “Arqueologia em espaço urbano: o papel das empresas”, II Encontro de Arqueologia – Beja.