Deadline for sending Poster proposals: March 30, 2018
Notice of provisional acceptance: April 25, 2018
Deadline for receipt of the revised Posters: May 10, 2018
Communication of nal acceptance: June 10, 2018


This Symposium will focus on the processes of contact between cultures amongst Europe in the turning of the Era.


Between the second century BC and the second century AD, societies throughout Europe experienced remarkable complex cultural dynamics. As the Roman Empire was emerging as a territorial and cultural self, Europe met several cultural transition processes, that occurred at different rates. These processes were conditioned by numerous aspects, amongst which were geographical criteria, different cultural stages amid a wide number of coexisting protohistorical communities, the striking events that marked the late days of the Republic in Rome and the emergence of the imperial regime through a set of historically documented political and military movements.


All of these aspects, which have been approached by different generations of researchers from different areas of specialization, require today a status sum and an overall reflection aiming to clarify the historical interpretation of this chronological period, and hopefully, through this event of knowledge sharing, to reach out to new research perspectives.


The Terva Valley, in Boticas, northern Portugal, holds a unique set of Iron Age settlements that are imprinted with the transitional aspects that reflect the progressive roman influence over an existing complex indigenous society, which at one point changed the settlement patterns and the landscape structure, driven by the existence of considerable mining resources and climatic and environmental changes.


The Municipality of Boticas and the University of Minho are making a significant investment upon this territory’s archaeological heritage, promoting the research, conservation, valorisation and dissemination of it’s heritage sites, particularly on Iron Age hillforts and Roman sites.


Both CEDIEC, The European Center of Documentation and Investigation dedicated to Iron Age sculture, and the Terva Valley Archaeological Park - PAVT/TVAP) are the resulting infrastructures of this investment commitment, through which we seek to maintain a dynamic and updated research, in this way contributing for the promotion of knowledge, for the enhancement of cultural heritage and therefore the sustainable development of populations.


Alligning to this perspective, this international meeting will bring together, in Boticas, researchers from several European countries, who will regard the state of the art of the Late Iron Age and Roman period research trends carried out in different geographic areas, thus contributing to a global reading of this chronological period.

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