Sofia Fonseca

Doctoral Student

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

  (+351) 919 168 873

Institut d’Estudis del Pròxim Orient Antic
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès

German Archaeological Institute (DAI)
Podbielskiallee 69-71
14195 Berlin
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0635-7097

Research Interests

• African Archaeology
• Egyptology
• Cultural cooperation
• Heritage
• E-learning

Short Bio

Sofia Fonseca (Setúbal, 1975): Archeologist, graduated in 1997 from the University of Coimbra, where she obtained the Feijó Curricular Prize in 1997 and, in 1999, the António de Almeida Foundation Prize. In 2001 she obtained a Master’s degree in Egyptology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Between 2001 and 2010, she was the field director of the first Portuguese mission in Egypt, at the Apries Palace in Memphis and Assistant Director of the project between 2008-2010. Over the past 20 years Sofia has worked in Egypt, Sudan, Mauritania and Niger as an archaeologist and as a member of international cultural cooperation projects at UNESCO heritage sites such as Memphis in Egypt and Tichitt and Walata in Mauritania. In 2008, she founded “Teiduma, Consultancy on Heritage and Culture”, a technical consultancy promoting culture and heritage as a tool for sustainable local development.

Sofia is a member of the IEPOA of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), where she develops her doctorate on the “Iconography of wine in the private tombs of the Tebana necropolis”, directed by Dr. Josep Cervelló Autuori (IEPOA-UAB). Currently, she is also a invited researcher at ICArEHB at the University of Algarve, where she coordinates the project to create the first online course on African archeology and heritage, in partnership with the German Archaeological Institute (DAI, Germany), the University of Louisville (US), the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and the Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique). Sofia is a member of the International Association of Egyptologists (IAE) and the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAFA). She is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of African Cultural Heritage, and the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) Community on Integrating the Management of Archaeological Heritage and Tourism.

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Key Publications

• Fonseca, S.; Pereira, D. and Ribeiro, V. (2017). O Mercado de Faro. Uma Herança Mediterrânea. Coordenação Fonseca, S.; Lage, B. Ambifaro: Faro.

• Fonseca, S. and Gonçalves, C. (2017). Database management of world heritage. Application of new technologies on wine iconography from the Theban necropolis in Egypt. In F. Cravidão, N.Santos, C.O. Moreira, R. Ferreira, P. Nossa and L. Silveira (coord.), Local identity and tourism management on world heritage sites. Trends and challenges. Conference Proceedings: 417-426. Coimbra: Department of Geography and Tourism, University of Coimbra. [5th UNESCO- UNITWIN Conference. Coimbra 18-22 April 2017, Portugal] Link

• Guasch-Jané, M.R.; Fonseca, S. and Ibrahim, M. (2017). The complete corpus of viticulture and winemaking scenes from the ancient Egyptian private tombs. In M.C. Guidotti and G. Rosati (eds.), Proceedings of the XI International Congress of Egyptologists: 254–259. Archaeopress Egyptology 19. [International Congress of Egyptologists. Florence, 23-30 August 2015]

• Fonseca, S.; Ibrahim, M. and Guasch-Jané M.R. (2013). El estudio de la iconografía del vino en las tumbas privadas del antiguo Egipto: de la investigación en los archivos a la presentación de los resultados en una web interactiva.  In Actas de las VI jornadas de Jóvenes en Investigación Arqueológica. [JIA 2013, Barcelona, 7-11 May 2013] (forthcoming)

• Guasch-Jané, M.R.; Fonseca, S. and Ibrahim, M. (2013). Irep en Kemet, Wine of Ancient Egypt: Documenting the Viticulture and Winemaking Scenes in the Egyptian Tombs. In ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume II-5/W1 (2013): 157-161. [XXIV International CIPA Symposium, 2-6 September 2013, Strasbourg, France] Link

• Guasch-Jané, M.R.; Fonseca, S. and Ibrahim, M. (2012). Irep en Kemet project: creating the corpus of wine in ancient Egypt. In Proceedings Fourth International Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Cultural Heritage & Digital Libraries, Amathus (Cyprus), 29th October-3rd November 2012: 181-186.

• Fonseca, S.; Guasch-Jané M.R. and Ibrahim, M. (2012). O vinho no Antigo Egito: uma história mediterrânea. Revista Mundo Antigo, Ano I, Volume I, Número I: 131- 146. Link

• Fonseca, S.; Ibrahim, M. and Guasch-Jané M.R. (2012). Documentation of Viticulture and Winemaking in the Egyptian Tombs. In J. Cascalheira and C. Gonçalves (eds.), Actas das IV Jornadas de Jovens em Investigação Arqueológica – JIA 2011, Vol. I, Faro, 11 a 14 de Maio de 2011: 17-22. [Promontoria Monográfica 16]

• Trindade Lopes, H. and Fonseca, S. (2012). O Palácio de Apriés, Mênfis/Kôm Tumân – resultados de 9 anos de trabalho da 1ª missão arqueológica portuguesa no Egipto. In Actas do IV Congresso Ibérico de Egiptologia, Lisboa, 13 a 17 de Setembro de 2010: 555- 565.

• Trindade Lopes, H. and Fonseca, S. (2012). The Apries Palace, Memphis/ Kôm Tuman: The first Portuguese mission in Egypt. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt (JARCE), 47: 247-258.

• (2009). Europe- Egypt. A Long-Lasting Archaeological Cooperation. Exhibition catalogue edited by the European Commission, Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt.

• Gil, E.; Fonseca, S. and Abdi, M. (2008). Món-3 – Tichitt, Walata: Memoria Viva del Desierto Mauritano. La protección del patrimonio en un programa de cooperación cultural para el desarrollo. In A. Rodríguez, A., Walata i Tichitt (eds.), Cor i ànima del desert maurità. Món-3: 287-294.

• Fonseca, S.; Gil, E. and Abdi, M. (2008). Le cas du Projet Walata. La protection du patrimoine dans le cadre d’un programme de coopération pour le développement. In N. Schlanger and R. Lanfranchi (eds.), Actas del Colloque International Les perspectives de l’Archéologie Préventive en Afrique de l’Ouest, Nouakchott (Mauritanie), 1-3 February 2007, Sepia: 64-67.

• Fonseca, S. (2006). Arqueologia no Sara: uma aproximação ao deserto. Conimbriga, XLV: 333-350.

• Fonseca, S. (2002). Egipto um Oásis do Sara. Hathor Estudos de Egiptologia, 5:  11-21.

• Fonseca, S. (1999). Evidências do substrato cultural norte africano no antigo Egipto, no Sara pré-histórico e na África. Revista de Arqueologia da Universidade do Porto, 24: 111-120.


• 2018-2019: Coordinator of the project ONLAAH, Online Learning on African Archaeology and Heritage. Link
• 2011-2017: Member of the project “Irep en Kemet, Wine of Ancient Egypt”. Link
• 2008-2010: Assistant to the project Director Prof. Doctor Mª Helena Trindade Lopes and main field archaeologist of the Portuguese mission in Egypt: “The Apries Palace project in Memphis” from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.
• 2004- 2007: Responsable for the heritage management at Tichitt Walata Project, University of Barcelona.
• 2003-2012: Founder and organizer of the poetry festival Veus Paral.leles, Barcelona, Catalonia.
• 2001-2008: Main field archaeologist in the Apries Palace project in Egypt. Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.