Welcome to the Archaeological Association of the Algarve
The Archaeological Association of the Algarve (AAA) is a non-profit association formed in 1983 by an international group of residents interested in archaeology in the Algarve and history in general. The objectives are to encourage a wider appreciation of international archaeology and history with special emphasis on Portugal and the Algarve and to assist with archaeological projects and preservation of ancient sites.
In persuance of the objectives, the AAA organizes the following activities:
Holds monthly lectures in English with guest speakers covering topics of archaeological, historical, and environmental interest.
Organizes day trips and overnight trips (within Portugal and abroad) to sites of archaeological and historical interest.
Circulates a newsletter to members three to four times a year.
Promotes opportunities for members to participate in the field work of archaeological digs.
Provides support of archaeological projects and scientific work with funding, equipment, voluntary staffing, accommodation etc.
Throughout the more than 30 years of it's existence there have been instructive talks by qualified speakers, pleasant and informative excursions and journeys to archaeological sites near and far, opportunities to take part in excavations and last but not least, chances to meet and make friends with people who share a common interest. From a more elevated point of view the AAA has shown that foreigners are not merely coming to the Algarve for its sun and beaches but also to appreciate the Portuguese cultural heritage. By way of the grants and site visits made over the years we have shown that the work being done by the local archaeologists is appreciated and that their efforts are also acknowledged outside the more academic circles.