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Fernando Coimbra


Fernando Coimbra is an archaeologist since 1985 and started to study rock art in 1992. He completed his PhD in Prehistory and Archaeology in 200 at the University of Salamanca. In 2010 he made a Post-doctoral research about rock art from Bronze Age and Iron Age in the Portuguese Middle Tagus Basin. Fernando coordinated several rock art fieldworks in Portugal, co-coordinated rock art fieldwork in Philippi, Greece (2005, 2006, 2010) and in Valbormida, Liguria, Italy (2008). He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Hellenic Rock Art Centre (Kavala, Greece). He is a guest Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, researcher in the Geosciences Centre (Coimbra University) and in Earth and Memory Institute (ITM, Portugal). Fernando is the author of many articles about rock art, and edited several conference proceedings and book chapters. Research interests: Post-Palaeolithic incised rock art; horse riders; semiotics, signs and symbols; astronomical representations; dancing scenes and musical instruments.    



Geoarchaeologist and Archaeometry Researcher, PhD.

Geologist since 2007, Master in Geoarchaelogy in 2010, by the University of Coimbra and, Doctor in Quaternary, Materials and Cultures by UTAD University, in 2015. Since 2007, is a researcher in Centre of Geosciences, (Coimbra University) and in Earth and Memory Institute (ITM, Portugal). 

Major research interests are in: Prehistory; Geoheritage; Prehistoric Pigments Analyses and Absolute Dating. In the last decade, he was involved in several multidisciplinary research projects in pigment analyses in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Brazil, United Kingdom, Angola and Ethiopia.

Since 2016, he is responsible for the Network of Science and Education for Sustainability on Geopark Estrela territory.



Archaeologist and Rock Art Researcher, PhD.

Sara Garcês completed her PhD. in 2017 about the Tagus Valley Rock Art Complex, Portugal. She has been working in rock art both engravings and paintings contexts in Portugal, Spain, UK and Brazil. 

Researcher in Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Centre of Geosciences, Coimbra University; Earth and Memory Institute (ITM, Portugal); Prehistoric Rock Art and the Sacred Tagus Museum, Portugal; 

Research interests: Transition for Agro-Pastoralism in Iberian Peninsula; Prehistory; Archaeological Heritage; Rock Art and Territory Organization; Science Didactics; Archaeological Experimentation; Heritage Management; Prehistoric Pigments Analyses;ês

Luiz Oosterbeek


Archaeologist, PhD.

Research: archaeology, heritage, landscape management in (Portugal, Africa, Southern America). Author of over 300 papers and 50 books. Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar. President of ITM and Director of the Prehistoric Rock Art and the Sacred Tagus Valley Museum (Mação). Guest Professor in several European and Brazilian Universities. Vice-President of HERITY. Principal investigator of the Quaternary and Human adaptations cluster of Geosciences Centre of Coimbra University. Former SG of UISPP. UNESCO chair holder “Humanities and Cultural Integrated Landscape management”. 

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