The Perdigões Archaeological Complex is a Prehistoric ditched enclosure.
Dated between 3400 and 2000 BC, it is classified as a National Monument.
Located in Reguengos de Monsaraz (Alentejo), it covers 16 ha partly owned by Esporão, S.A.
The research project is coordinated and directed by ERA Arqueologia, S.A.

New paper of the Perdigões research project

“Tell me what you see: Late deposition of an atypical metallic artefact in Perdigões”, by Ana Catarina Basílio e António Carlos Valera, presents the deposition of a deformed metallic piece in the re-cutting of Ditch 7 in the Complex of Ditched enclosures of Perdigões. The filling of this reopening was done with the accumulation of…

New study published on funerary behaviors in Perdigões

An investigation related to funerary behaviors in Perdigões was recently published. By Nelson J. Almeida and António Valera, this study focuses, as the name suggests, on faunal remains associated with human cremations. Two chalcolithic pits (16 and 40) were studied, and the results obtained were compared with previously published data from anthropological analyses. The study…

New publication within the Perdigões Project

Another monographic volume on the Perdigões has just been published, this time summarizing the work carried out by the University of Malaga on the North East Gate of the outer ditches (Sector L). This collaboration took place between 2008 and 2016.

Perdigões at the EAA Annual Meeting

The Perdigões project was present at the annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, held at the beginning of September in Budapest, with a communication on Tomb 3.

Perdigões Project at a seminar in Granada

The Perdigões project participates, with a conference, in the series of seminars “Megalithic Autumn” organized by the GEA and the University of Granada, with the conference entitled “Diversification of funerary practices in the 3rd millennium BC: the depositions of cremations in Perdigões and Carrascal 2 (Porto Torrão ), South of Portugal”.

Zooarchaeology project in the Global Research Programme

“Zooarchaeology as a proxy for social breakdown in Late Chalcolithic SW Iberia: insights from biometry, geometric morphometrics, diet, and animal mobility from Perdigões” is a new project to be developed in the context of the Perdigões Global Research Programme. This project, recently approved and financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) under the…

50 radiocarbon datings until the end of 2022

As part of the collaboration that has been developed by the Perdigões Project and the University of Kiel (Germany), a set of about 50 radiocarbon datings of Perdigões contexts will be carried out by this university until the end of 2022. The goals are to specify the chronology of the final stages of the Perdigões,…

Perdigões: collections for study

The Perdigões Archaeological Complex, recently classified as a National Monument, has been under ongoing investigation for 25 years by the Global Archaeological Research Program (INARP) coordinated by ERA Arqueologia through its R&D area (NIA – Núcleo de Investigacão Arqueológica). Within the scope of this investigation, several collaborations have been made with national and international institutions…

DGPC funding for research in Perdigões

Within the scope of the Extraordinary Financial Support for Multiannual Research Projects in Archaeology 2021, the project currently ongoing in Perdigões (Perdigões: prime and crisis of a large ditch enclosure – APOCRI-Perd) received the maximum funding, corresponding to 10 000€. According to the criteria established for the applications, this funding will be applied to a…

New “phalanx idols” in Perdigões

To be integrated in the exhibition “Ídolos. Olhares Milenares”, on display at the National Archaeology Museum during 2021, two shaped horse phalanges that were partially covered by intense concretions were cleaned and restored at the lab of the museum. The cleaning revealed that the eyes are represented in the decoration, in addition to other iconographic…

New Publication

A new study on the fauna of Perdigões has been published. With regard to the study of the faunal assemblage of Ditch 7, a diachronic approach is made to all the fauna already studied and published in Perdigões (more than 3300 remains). For the first time, consumption trends (namely among domestic and wild animals) are…

New results for human mobility in Perdigões

The research partnership of the Perdigões project with the National University of Australia (as part of an international project on mobility) produced new results for the contexts of cremations in the central area. Several dozen individuals analyzed, through teeth and pars petrosa (a novelty in these approaches), revealed that the vast majority have local values,…

24th excavation campaign of the Perdigões Global Research Program

In July 2021, the 24th excavation campaign of the Global Research Program in the Perdigões Archaeological Complex (25th if we count on the 1997 diagnostic intervention – a quarter of a century, therefore) will take place between 5 and 31 July. This year we will continue with a reduced team due to the pandemic, but…

New PhD project involving Perdigões

A new PhD project, developed by Cláudia Relvado, takes Perdigões as one of the major contexts of research.

Elements from Perdigões on display at the National Archaeology Museum

Several iconographic elements from Perdigões (sixteen pieces in total) will be on display at the exhibition “Ídolos, Olhares Milenares”, to be inaugurated at the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia.

Participation in International Congress

The Perdigões project will participate in the next international meeting of “Archéologie & Gobelets” (Archaeology and Beakers), taking place on the 21st and 22nd of January 2021.

Collaboration with the University of Kiel

In 2021, the Perdigões Global Research Program will start a collaboration with the University of Kiel, its main theme being the question of the end of Perdigões.

Research on cognition and materiality

The Perdigões project will be collaborating with “XSCAPE. Material Minds: Exploring the Interactions between Predictive Brains, Cultural Artefacts, and Embodied Visual Search”, a research project on cognition and materiality.

Ditch contained structured depositional set

During the 2020 campaign, a ditch containing a structured depositional set was excavated at the central area of Perdigões.

Unique structure in the Iberian Peninsula

During the 2020 excavation campaign, a Timber Circle-type structure dated between 2800 – 2600 BC was identified at the center of Perdigões.