Contribute to the conservation of one of Portugal’s National Monuments, while finding clues about the transition from hunter-gatherer to farming populations. Better understanding the past will give us an improved understanding of our cultural societies today.

Around 8,000 years ago, Central Portugal underwent a dramatic shift in lifestyles from hunting and gathering to farming and herding. This transition, known as the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition, remains one of the most controversial issues in prehistory archaeology, attracting significant archaeological debate and extensive research. The common-held belief is that hunter-gatherers disappeared from Central Portugal around 7,000 years ago, and later, farmers and herders settled the area. But now, archaeologists are uncovering clues contradicting this.

By analysing bone tools, shells, ornaments and human remains, researchers will trace the transition between these periods to better understand the complex changes not only in technology and subsistence, but also in how people thought about themselves and the world around them, as well as the nature of their social interactions.

Join researchers in Tagus Valley, Portugal, one of the most important regions to study this transitional phase, and help discover the answers to establish a timeline. You’ll excavate, sifting for tools and human remains, while working to preserve part of Portugal’s natural and cultural heritage.

Location

Muge, Salvaterra de Magos, Santarém, Portugal

Cost

$3995 or $5595*

Includes all accommodation, meals, transfers, insurance and research activities

Duration

7 or 13 days (* denotes option for 13 days)

Dates 2023

Update January 2023: Our overseas experiences are coming back on sale for 2023! Keep an eye on this page for upcoming 2023 expedition dates, to be released soon.

Activity Level

Very Easy

Lead Scientist

Nuno Bicho

Accomodation

  • Couples rooms possible