The Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB) is a new interdisciplinary research center located at Universidade do Algarve (Portugal). The ICArEHB aims to bring together a group of both foreigner and national young researchers, many with international experiences with a main objective: understanding and developing research in evolution, ecology and human behavior from an archaeological and anthropological perspective. In the last 5 years, several researchers belonging to ICArEHB have worked both individually and in collaboration to develop their own projects in the three focal research areas and within the main goal of ICArEHB: adaptation and evolution of human behavior.
Research is organized in three main groups: Prehistoric Coastal Adaptations; African Archaeology and Human Evolution; Development of Complex Societies. These groups are not independent from each other, since their scientific enquire frequently overlaps and overflows to the other lines. Research focus mostly on the emergence of Anatomically Modern Humans, hunter-gatherer coastal adaptations, the development of complex societies, and African Archaeology using different disciplines and methodological approaches, such as geoarchaeology, Use-wear analysis, zooarchaeology, paleobotany, GIS, and Earth Sciences. Currently, there are close to a dozen projects taking place in Iberia and southern Africa, which include graduate students from those countries, as well as from the United States.