ICArEHB Dialogues ‘Migrations and Dispersals: Archaeological Migration Narratives‘, will take place Friday 24th of June at 4pm (Faro time) in videoconference, with Daniela Hofmann and António Valera, and will be convened by Carlos Simões .


Daniela Hofmann (University of Bergen) obtained her PhD from Cardiff University in 2006. In it, she focused on the longer-term developments in settlement and burial evidence in the south-central European Neolithic, looking in particular at changing conceptions of personhood and different strategies of community construction. Afterwards, she worked on research projects focusing on isotopic evidence and on C14 dating, before moving to Hamburg University, where she began to write about migration as a social practice in the European Neolithic. Currently, she is Professor for Stone Age Archaeology at the University of Bergen in Norway. Her research projects include the Neolithisation of Norway in the light of recent theoretical writing on migration; long-term contact and mobility in north-western Neolithic Europe; and the creation of inequality (or not) using monumental architecture in the later Neolithic of southern Germany.

António Valera has a degree in History and in Archaeology and a master and a PhD in Archaeology (Universities of Lisbon and Porto) and focuses since 1988 in the Neolithic and Chalcolithic of Central and South Portugal. He coordinates the Global Archaeological Research Program of Perdigões complex of ditched enclosures and is head of the research unit of Era Arqueologia Company and integrates the ICArEHB at the University of Algarve. In the last twenty years has been addressing the phenomena of ditched enclosures in South Portugal in the context of a trajectory of social complexity between the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. In that research has addressed the ideological and cosmological expressions of these communities, present in architectures, landscapes, social practices and funerary rituals. In the context of the Perdigões Research Program, has developed research on large scale interaction through a diversified program of collaborations in archaeometric studies of exotic materials, establishing possible provenances and areas of contact based on materials such as ivory, amber, variscite, flint, limestone, marble, shells or cinnabar. In that same program has developed research on human and animal mobility base in stable isotopes, for which has obtained support from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, with the project «Mobility and interaction in South Portugal Recent Prehistory: the role of aggregation centres», providing a first insigth on the mobility associated to a large ditched enclosure in southern Portugal. Simultaneously, has been collaborating in the project “Beyond migration and diffusion: peoples and technologies in prehistory”, developed by the Australian National University, that already provided a large-scale base map for Sr values for the geological diversity of Portugal, a useful tool for further studies in mobility. He is now engaged in the research of the investments of Neolithic and Chalcolithic communities in monumentality and on its impact in the social trajectory of the 3rd millennium BC and in the social breakdown that occur by the end of that millennium in the Iberian Southwest. He has a vast list of publications and has been engaged with several editorial projects in Archaeology.