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A Day in Prehistory

May 11


The date of May 11 will be marked in a very special way at the Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar, with the recreation of “A Day in Prehistory”, a popular event mainly aimed at families with children and promoted by the Municipality of Portimão, through its museum, which this year celebrates 16 years at the service of the memory and identity of the local community.

Throughout this recreation, which takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and has free admission, participants will enjoy a fun and memorable experience, getting to know the daily life of the prehistoric populations that inhabited the region about five thousand years ago.

Experimental archaeology once again marks the offer of this initiative, with a set of proposals that will allow the visitor to participate and watch the preparation of food until its preparation, with cockles, clams and fish also being part of the menu, which the most curious will be able to taste.

 Without matches or knives, the team – which specialises in this type of experimentation – will make the fire and prepare the food as it did five thousand years ago, using stone tools.

 It will be possible to learn about the manufacture of tools, the carving processes, the preparation and cooking of food, the confection of prehistoric beer, how agricultural instruments and adornments were made, how the large monolithics were transported, how the milling was and, in terms of novelties, how the engraving workshop worked based on the graphic patterns of the shale slabs.

The day will also be enlivened by the presence of students attending the theatre course at Escola da Bemposta, who will recreate scenes from everyday life from those millennial times.

All this diversified recreation, which has been carried out since 2006, will have the collaboration of the Parish Councils of Portimão, Alvor and Mexilhoeira Grande, the Group of Friends of the Museum of Portimão, the Commission for Coordination and Regional Development of the Algarve and the Bemposta School Group, providing a set of experiences based on the studies already carried out on the territory of Alcalarense and the work developed by the researchers from the Universities of Stuttgart and Córdoba and the Centre for Archaeology of the University of Lisbon.


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