Miguel ALMEIDA / Maria João NEVES / Lília BASÍLIO
(Dryas/iDryas, Coimbra, Portugal)

Abstract: Based on developing multidisciplinary research and experimental testing of new technologies and methods, the iLab.Arq project aims at implementing innovative procedures for the heritage industry.
This R&D project – lead by Dryas, co-promoted by the University of Coimbra and participated by the University of Évora, SERAP Claise and Scientia Consultoria Científica, Ltda – is based on the creation of a new multidisciplinary lab (Geosciences, Archeosciences, Bioanthropology, Palethnology and IT) guided by an ambitious program: to perform multidisciplinary fundamental research in the field of Cultural Heritage; to develop applied research within the confluence of Geoarchaeology,  Micromorphology, Geophysics, Geomatics, Reversed Engineering, Luminescence, Bioanthropology and Archaeology; and to achieve a significant impact on knowledge transference at different levels: within the scientific community, in advanced training and for the general public.
Results are expected to significantly increase efficiency and quality of archaeological operations and heritage management projects, in both field and laboratory phases. The project is consequently intended to produce a direct impact on the qualification of Portuguese heritage industry.
The poster intents to present this on-going R&D project, achieved outcomes and direct impact already felt on rescue operations and heritage management projects: as a result of the project, these are presently developed by multidisciplinary teams, applying cutting-edge technology and testing methodological procedures designed to insure both work efficiency and quality of the collected information.

Keywords: Cultural heritage, multidisciplinary, Geoarchaeology, Archeosciences, Palethnology