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Leça's Valley Archaeological Encounters took place last friday

Archaeology in focus in Matosinhos, in the Noble Hall of the City Hall

The Salão Nobre dos Paços do Concelho (Town Hall) received on Friday, March 17th, the Leça Valley Archaeological Days.

The councilman of culture of the municipality, Fernando Rocha, opened the session that intended to make a kind of journey to the past, but also to the future of archaeology.

"These days aim to contribute to the development of the river Leça as a reference for our region and the other municipalities that make up the Leça Valley" began by saying the councilman.

Fernando Rocha took the opportunity to make a brief summary of the most important things that have been developed by the Matosinhos City Hall at the archaeological level in recent years referring, in particular, to the revision of the PDM and the entry into force in 2019 of the archaeological chart with preventive clauses in the realization of excavations, as well as the work of excavations in partnership with the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto in Castro de Guifões.

"It is important that the four municipalities that make up the Leça Valley (Santo Tirso, Valongo, Maia and Matosinhos) are aware of the various dynamics around the river Leça. The fact that the work 'Leça Green Corridor' is underway, which unites the four municipalities, the fact that there is an association that also unites them and the fact that there is an archaeological team that follows all the work is a great asset and a sign that we are on the right track, he added.

The realization of these days was a unique opportunity for experts, teachers and the general public to deepen their knowledge about the territory, the importance of archaeology, the techniques and methodologies used in different moments and processes, and to learn the conclusions of research studies, as well as the most recent archaeological discoveries in the Leça Valley.

The recent and unprecedented discoveries are an important contribution for us to know more about a territory that covers the municipalities of Matosinhos, Maia, Valongo and Santo Tirso, in an area of almost 190 km2 that follows the river Leça along its course of just over 40 km from its source to the mouth, in Matosinhos.

It is worth mentioning that the Leça Valley Archaeological Encounters were certified by CFAE - Centro de Formação de Associação das Escolas de Matosinhos and allowed the accumulation of credits, as far as teachers' participation is concerned.


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