Ana Ávila de Melo

Researcher, ICArEHB

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

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3435-335X

Research Interests

Prehistoric Archaeology, Bronze Age, Archaeometallurgy, History of Archaeology, Gender Archaeology/ Women Archaeologists

Short Bio

I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Archaeology from the University of Lisbon and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Coimbra, supervised by Dr. Raquel Vilaça. I worked sixteen years at Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (National Museum of Archaeology, Lisbon) as editor of the archaeology journal O Arqueólogon Português (The Portuguese Archaeologist) and since 2016 I am working at DGPC/Forte de Sacavém, first as archives curator and presently on the Heritage Inventory project.  and my research focuses on the the study and archaeometallurgical characterisation of metal artefacts from Chalcolithic, Late Bronze Age and Iron Age, mainly from Estremadura.. I am interested in a transdisciplinary approach to understand the role of metallurgy on Bronze Age settlements in Estremadura. I am also interested in developing the research in the History of Portuguese Archaeology in a broader international context and the networks established between Portuguese and other European Archaeologists. The role of Women in Archaeology is another of my research interests.