Concha Project


The Concha European project (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange - RISE) is supervised by the CHAM (NOVA FCSH-UAc University, Lisbon, Portugal). Focused on the study of the Atlantic area from the end of the 15th to the 18th century, its main objective is to build, through missions, a network of researchers coming from the eleven partner institutions in Europe, Africa and the Americas.

The excavation campaigns
(by years)


Principal Investigator: Prof. João Paulo Oliveira e Costa
Scientific Coordinator: Cristina Brito
Project Manager: Patrícia Carvalho

Project presentation

The Concha project brings together about fifty researchers around a broad theme: the multiple development modalities of port cities on the Atlantic fringe, mainly from the end of the 15th to the 18th century. In this approach, the study of the construction of an Atlantic area is linked to the environmental and economic contexts on a local, regional and even global scale. This research involves the analysis of historical, geomorphological, environmental and archaeological data.

Several locations were chosen for the meetings and case studies: Cape Verde, Azores, Sao Tome and Principe, Seville, Lisbon, Dublin, France, Colombia and Brazil. Some sites have been selected on the basis of their importance in the circulation networks of people, resources and knowledge during the ancient periods. Others house research structures that can help ensure the smooth running of this vast project.

In addition to offering researchers an inter-institutional exchange network, the Concha project also focuses on the training of the staff from the various institutions involved in the project, on the outreach to various audiences (exhibitions, conferences, workshops), as well as on the heritage protection reinforcement of each site.

“This project has received funding from the EU H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 777998.”

How Eveha International Participates

Research stays Underwater archaeology Archaeological excavations Project development Scientific communication Scientific paper publishing


CHAM : Faculté des Sciences Sociales et Humaines

NOVA FCSH / Portugal

APCM – Association pour les Sciences de la Mer / Portugal

OMA : Observatoire de la Mer des Açores / Portugal

UPO : Université Pablo Olavide / Espagne

Trinity Collège Dublin / Irlande

Éveha International / France

IPC : Institut du Patrimoine Culturel / Cap Vert

MARAPA – Mer, Environnement et Pêche Artisanale / São Tomé & Príncipe

Université du Nord / Colombie

Université Fédérale de Sergipe / Brésil

Old Dominion Université / USA