Welcome to the web site of the
Archeological Association of the Algarve
We are an association formed in 1983 by an international group of residents interested in archeology in the Algarve, it was constituted as a non-profit making charitable institution for the promotion of archeology in Portugal. In 2008, the AAA celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Its aims are:
- To encourage a wider appreciation of international archaeology and history with special emphasis on Portugal and the Algarve.
- To assist the Portuguese authorities, in any way acceptable to them, with archaeological projects and the preservation of ancient sites.
In persuance of the objectives, the AAA:
- Provides support of archeological projects and scientific work with funding, equipment, voluntary staffing, accommodation etc.
- Arranges field trips to archeological and historical sites.
- Holds meetings on a monthly basis with guest speakers.
- Circulates a newsletter to members three to four times a year.
- Promotes opportunities for members to participate in the field work of archeological digs.
Throughout the 25 years of it's existence there have been instructive talks by qualified speakers, pleasant and informative excursions and journeys to archaeological sites near and far, opportunities to take part in excavations and last but by no means least, chances to meet and make friends with people who share a common interest. From a more elevated point of view the AAA has shown that foreigners are not merely coming to the Algarve for its sun and beaches but also to appreciate the Portuguese cultural heritage. By way of the grants and site visits made over the years we have shown that the work being done by the local archaeologists is appreciated and that their efforts are also acknowledged outside the more academic circles. Since the Portuguese law makes a landowner pay for archaeological survey prior to construction without having any claim on the findings, landowners are not overly enthusiastic of archeological work, and thus the support and voluntary work by AAA members has been very important in carrying out a quick reconnaissance prior to the commencement of construction.
Silves: Archeological contra commercial interest - an unequal fight