Professional School of Archeology

In 1990 the Professional School of Archeology was created, a public school of national scope, promoted by the Ministries of Culture and Education, seeking to respond to the need for specialized training of intermediate technicians, to intervene in Classified Heritage.

The site chosen to install this professional school was the Archaeological Area of ​​Freixo, a space of about 50 hectares, classified as a National Monument in 1986, as a consequence of the discoveries made there since 1980, by the archaeologist Lino Tavares Dias. The first course to advance was the Assistant of Archaeologist, followed by the Technician Course of Museography and Disclosure of Heritage and the Assistant of Conservation and Restoration. More recently the School bet on the Technician of Recovery of the Built Heritage, in response to the needs identified in the market.
 
In this way, the school prepares intermediate technicians with global and specific training to integrate teams that work in the areas that we consider to be priorities in Cultural Heritage, which are research, conservation and dissemination.

This Professional School seeks to encourage the acquisition of new knowledge, to fight exclusion, to modernize its courses permanently, namely with the introduction of 3 European languages ​​in the curriculum and with the crossing of modules, advancing to specifications in the courses, thus diversifying the potentialities Of employability.

We seek, because it is decisive, to bring the School closer to users. We seek to make the laboratories profitable, putting them at the service of the professionals who need them and the local community. We intend:
Continue the commitment of the Ministry of Culture in the cultural support to the School;
Continue to consider the School as a determinant for the promotion of vocational, multidisciplinary and specialized training in the area of ​​Heritage;
To understand the School as a reference in the analysis of the needs and specificities of the formation in the scope of the Patrimony;
To take advantage of the technical capacities installed in the School to profit from interventions in the geographic area of ​​the Regional Directorate of Culture of the North;
Increase the supply of training in the Heritage area, framed in diversified training levels, in order to respond to the demands of the local community and the national market.
 
At the Professional School of Archeology we believe that a new, different school can provide development opportunities, not only intellectually, but in all areas ... and that "this will be the school of the future if we have the courage to build it "(LOBROT, 1995, 68).

We understand the Professional School of Archeology as a laboratory for ideas, projects and initiatives.