Ana Catarina Basílio

Doctoral Student

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
FCHS, University of Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro

(+351) 289 800 988

Research Interests

  • Neolithic
  • Chalcolithic
  • Chalcolithic-Bronze Age transition
  • The Bell Beaker phenomenon
  • Prehistoric Ditched enclosures
  • Social and archaeological theory
  • Innovation and identity
  • Digital Archaeology
  • Paleodemography
  • aDNA

Short Bio

Ana Catarina Basílio has a BA (University of Lisbon – 2015) and a MA in Archaeology. This last one was accomplished at University of Algarve (2018), with the thesis “Occupational dynamics in the second half of the 3rd millennium BC in Perdigões: continuities and discontinuities”, that won the 2019 Archaeological award Eduardo da Cunha Serrão, in the master thesis’s category.
It currently holds a PhD Grant (SFRH/BD/13568/2018), funded by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia) with the project “The end of the 3rd millennium BC in SW Iberia: the end of a way of life?”. It intends to investigate the reasons and the various agents of change that might have led to the apparently abrupt end, in the transition to the Early Bronze Age, of the social realities and organizations that developed during the 3rd millennium BC in the south of Portugal. Focusing in the demography, implantation strategies and environmental issues, whose informative potential for understanding this moment has been less worked in the region and period considered.
Her research work has been mainly centred in the second half of the 3rd millennium BC in the South of Portugal, particularly in the comprehension of the regional characteristics of the Bell Beaker phenomenon, relating it with other regional expressions. Other research questions are associated with the ongoing dynamics (social, architectonical, demographic, and so on), in the transition between the Chalcolithic and the beginning of the Bronze Age, and also with the application of digital techniques and methodologies in the archaeological analysis (photogrammetry and Geometric Morphometrics