From Rome to Vilamoura: finding the finds in Cerro da Vila

On Tuesday, November 9, the Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) will probably be presenting two lectures, in English, by archaeologists Filipe Henrique and Ana Pratas. The first lecture will probably be at 2.30pm at the Museu do Traje in São Brás de Alportel, whereas the second lecture will probably be at 6pm at the Convento de São José in Lagoa.

Filipe Henriques and Ana Pratas will probably be speaking about the historic discoveries and up to date investigations at Cerro da Vila Museum and Roman Ruins (Lusotur-Vilamoura World) which lie adjoining to Vilamoura Marina in central Algarve. During the time that Faro was known as Ossonoba and Augustus was Emperor of the Roman Empire (27 BC-14AD), the vicus maritimae Cerro da Vila was constructed in the south of Lusitania in what’s now present-day Vilamoura.

The architectural items that may be seen on website immediately at Cerro da Vila had been constructed round a big portus, which served as an emporium for the import and export of merchandise manufactured regionally or from different areas of the Empire. This reality, mixed with its geostrategic place, boosted the native economic system and enhanced the development of the luxurious residential, bathing, industrial and funerary buildings that may be seen immediately. An economic system based mostly on the exploitation of marine sources due to the proximity to the sea, the existence of recent water, a territory exceptionally good for agricultural observe, husbandry and searching actions, allowed the institution and enhance in the inhabitants of Cerro da Vila. This additionally prolonged alongside the shoreline to close by Quarteira.

Most of the archaeological research undertaken in the final 56 years in Cerro da Vila had been targeted primarily on the interpretation of the structure of the website, giving low precedence to artefact examine. This has modified in latest years with the challenge that has been developed by the website museum group, “The economy of Cerro da Vila maritimae vicus”. This is targeted on zooarchaeological and ceramic findings recovered from layers dated between the 1st and fifth centuries AD.

In this lecture, after a quick overview of the historic discoveries at Cerro da Vila, Filipe and Ana will current for the first time the outcomes of an ongoing interpretation of what sort of maritime and terrestrial animals had been captured and consumed by the native inhabitants and which kind of meals containers had been imported and saved in the portus warehouses.

Filipe Henriques and Ana Pratas are the archaeologists liable for the scientific investigation in Cerro da Vila Museum and Roman Ruins (Lustour – Vilamoura World). Filipe undertook his Archaeology diploma and MA at the University of the Algarve (UAlg) and has developed his profession primarily in the non-public {and professional} archaeological sector, taking part in excavations from the north to south of Portugal over the final 30 years. His areas of experience are Roman archaeology, with a particular give attention to ceramics, structure and the examine of molluscs (malacology). Ana Pratas, in addition to her scientific investigation work at the Museum, is at the moment endeavor her Masters diploma thesis in Archaeology at UAlg the place she has additionally been endeavor an MA in History of Art. Her skilled expertise has been developed primarily in the non-public sector and her present objective is to pursue her work associated to zooarchaeology.

Non-members are welcome to attend AAA lectures for a €5 admission price, with all cash raised by the AAA getting used for archaeological grants and audio system. For extra data contact [email protected], go to or Facebook ‘Algarve Archaeological Association’. Please examine the web site or Facebook web page for any final minute modifications.

By Jane Robertson

Maritimae Vicus Cerro da Vila
Cerro da Vila, Vilamoura fundamental entrance (third century AD)
Cerro da Vila, Filipe Henriques with the amphorae assortment
Ana Pratas researching the Amphorae assortment at Cerro da Vila

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