António Valera


Era Arqueologia S.A.
Calçada de Santa Catarina 9c
1495-705 Cruz Quebrada – Dafundo

  (+351) 938 910 082

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5492-3810

Research Interests

  • Neolithic and Chalcolithic archaeology
  • Funerary practices
  • Architectures and landscapes
  • Prehistoric ditched enclosures
  • Prehistoric ideological forms of expression
  • Theory of Archaeology, epistemology
  • Human / animal relationship
  • Prehistoric ontologies
  • Public archaeology

Short Bio

António Carlos Neves de Valera has a degree in History and another in Archaeology, a master and a PhD in Archaeology. Has developed research since 1988 focused in the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods in Central and South Portugal. At present, is coordinating the Global Archaeological Research Program of Perdigões complex of ditched enclosures and has been a leading researcher regarding the prehistoric ditched enclosures phenomena in Portugal.
Is responsible for the research area of Era Arqueologia Company and for the research group on Prehistoric Complex Societies in the ICArEHB research centre.
Has a vast list of publications and has been engaged with several editorial projects in Arcaeology.

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Key Publications

• Valera, A.C. (2017). The ‘Exogenous’ at Perdigões. Approaching Interaction in the Late 4th and 3rd Millennium BC in Southwest Iberia. In M. Bartelheim, P.B. Ramírez and M. Kunst (eds.), Key Resources and Sociocultural Developments in the Iberian Chalcolithic. Tübingen: Tübingen Library Publishing, pp. 201-224.

• Valera, A.C. (2015). Social change in the late 3rd millennium BC in Portugal: The twilight of enclosures. In H. Meller, R. Risch, R. Jung and H. W. Arz (eds.), 2200 BC – Ein Klimasturz als Ursache für den Zerfall der Alten Welt? 2200 BC – A climatic breakdown as a cause for the collapse of the old world?. 7. Mitteldeutscher Archäologentag vom 23. Bis 26. Oktober 2014 in Halle (Saale). 7th Archaeological Conference of Central Germany October 23-26, 2013 in Halle (Saale). Tagungen des Landesmuseums für Vorgeschichte Halle 13, 1-2.

• Valera, A.C., Schuhmacher, T.X. and Banerjee, A. (2015). Ivory in the Chalcolithic enclosure of Perdigões (South Portugal): the social role of an exotic raw material, World Archaeology, 47(3): 390-413.

• Valera, A.C., Silva, A.M., Cunha, C. and Evangelista, L.S. (2014). Funerary practices and body manipulations at Neolithic and Chalcolithic Perdigões ditched enclosures (South Portugal). In A.C.Valera (ed.), Recent Prehistoric Enclosures and Funerary Practices. British Archaeological Reports International Series 2676. Oxford: BAR, pp. 37-57.

• Valera, A.C. (ed.) (2014). Recent Prehistoric Enclosures and Funerary Practices. British Archaeological Reports International Series 2676. Oxford: Archaeopress. Link

• Valera, A.C. (coord.) (2014). Bela Vista 5. Um recinto do Final do 3º milénio a.n.e. (Mombeja, Beja). Era Monográfica, 2. Lisboa: Nia-Era. Link

• Valera, A.C. (coord.) (2013). Sobreira de Cima. Necrópole de hipogeus do Neolítico (Vidigueira, Beja). ERA Monográfica, 1. Lisboa: Nia-Era. Link

• Valera, A.C. (coord.) (2013). As comunidades agropastoris na margem esquerda do Guadiana. 2ª metade do IV aos inícios do II milénio AC. Memórias d’Odiana, 2ª Série, EDIA/DRCALEN.

• Valera, A.C. (2012). Mind the gap: Neolithic and Chalcolithic enclosures of South Portugal. In A. Gibson (ed.), Enclosing the Neolithic. Recent studies in Britain and Europe. British Archaeological Reports International Series 2440. Oxford: BAR, p. 165-183.

• Valera, A.C., (2012). Ditches, pits and hypogea: new data and new problems in South Portugal Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic funerary practices. In J.F. Gibaja, A.F. Carvalho and P. Chambom (eds.), Funerary Practices in the Iberian Peninsula from the Mesolithic to the Chalcolithic. British Archaeological Reports International Series 2417. Oxford: BAR, p.103-122.

• Valera, A.C. and Evangelista, L.S. (2010). The idea of enclosure in recent iberian Prehistory. British Archaeological Reports International Series 2124. Oxford: Archaeopress.

• Valera, A.C. (2010). Mapping the cosmos – a cognitive approach to iberian prehistoric enclosures. In A.Valera and L. Evangelista (eds.), The idea of enclosure in recent iberian Prehistory. British Archaeological Reports International Series 2124. Oxford: Archaeopress, p.99-108.

• Valera, A.C. (2007). Dinâmicas locais de identidade: estruturação de um espaço de tradição no 3º milenio AC (Fornos de Algodres, Guarda). Braga: CMFA/TA.

• Valera, A.C. (1997). O Castro de Santiago (Fornos de Algodres, Guarda). Aspectos da calcolitização da bacia do alto Mondego, Textos Monográficos 1. Lisboa: Câmara Municipal de Fornos de Algodres.


• FCT (PTDC/EPH-ARQ/0798/2014) (2015-2018). Directs the project Mobility and Interaction in South Portugal Recent Prehistory: the role of aggregation centres.
• FCT (PTDC/HIS-ARQ/114077/2009). Directed the project Prehistory and social benefit of heritage assessment projects
• FCT (PTDC/CS-ANT/104333/2008). Researcher in the project Death management in Recent Prehistory: funerary practices in Perdigões enclosure.
• Directed the project Archaeoastronomy and Ditched Enclosures
• Directed the project Settlement Network in The High Mondego Basin (IV to II Millennium BC)
• Directed the project Metallurgy in the Archaeological Complexo f Perdigões