Portimão Museum: Over 2,200 artefacts collected during dredging

Museu de Portimão said that more than 2,200 pieces from the prehistoric period to the present were collected from the dredged deposits of the Arade River and Alvor’s Ria, in Portimão.

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These are metallic objects that cover all types, from those for daily use, rituals, to instruments related to professions,” said archaeologist Vera Freitas.

The pieces that “have already lost their original archaeological context” have been collected since the year 2000, within the scope of the IPSIIS/DETDA project.

The prospecting is carried out voluntarily by members of the IPSIIS Project Association, under the supervision of two intervention directors, who are responsible for scientifically guiding the prospecting and collection of the estate, research, conservation, restoration, and dissemination.

The framework for the activities is defined in a protocol signed between the Portimão Museum and the Project Association IPSIIS, in collaboration with the former general directorate of Cultural Heritage and regional Culture of the Algarve.