Rui Parreira : The Carnac alignments and the megalithic builders of Western Europe
Some years ago, I took part in a meeting in Carnac (France), aiming to set up a network of selected megalithic sites (among them Alcalar) and develop an international project for the enhancement and diffusion of those sites. My travel to France was sponsored by the AAA and I had the opportunity to experience for the first time the ‘magic’ of some megalithic places around Carnac, and to better understand their Neolithic context.
In this talk I will present the main impressions of Carnac, and to approach the economic and social structure that correspond to their megalithic builders within the broader framework of the Neolithic and Copper Age in Western Europe.
Rui Parreira (Lisbon, 1954) – MA in Archaeology (Oporto University, 1996); post-Graduation in Museum Curatorship (Centre for Museum Studies, Lisbon, 1984); Graduation in History (Lisbon University, 1977).. He is a public server since October 1976. From 1980 to 1985, he was curator in the Archaeology National Museum, in Lisbon. From 1986 to 1997, he was a senior technician (archaeologist) in the South Portugal’s Regional Service of Archaeology, in Évora. From July 1997 to March 2004, he directed the Sagres Fortress (Algarve). Since 2004, he is archaeologist in the Regional Directorate of Algarve for Cultural Affairs, in Faro, where he currently holds the position of director of services. He is a fellow researcher in the Uniarq/Unit of Archaeology of the Lisbon University, developing his main scientific activity in the domains of Megalithic Architecture and historical processes of emergence and change of complex societies in Iberia in the 4th / 2nd millennia BCE, and directed and co-directed archaeological fieldwork in several sites in Algarve, Alentejo and Central Portugal. He published several papers and some books in the domains of Prehistory, Archaeology, Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management.