Lagos Summer School 2006






Lagos Summer School 2006 stemmed from a Memorandum of Agreement signed last March between the Municipality of Lagos and Texas A&M University (see Appendix 1 and Appendix 2).
The objectives were previously established, intended to provide students with the following learning opportunities:


To participate in a number of different archaeological projects related to the ongoing inventory of the nautical cultural heritage of the Municipality of Lagos;


To travel in the region in order to make acquaintance, as much as possible, with the culture, landscape and language; and


To meet local people and Portuguese scholars and try to establish working relations that will hopefully provide future opportunities.

The first objective entailed three major tasks:



Inventory and recording of a number of artifacts;



Inquiry into the artifact's proveniences and possible unknown shipwreck sites;



Non-intrusive survey of several underwater sites with archaeological potential.

The second objective entailed the realization of several trips in the Algarve region, when the weather conditions made it impossible to dive.

The third objective was addressed through two major events:



An optional advanced seminar taught by Dr. Francisco Contente Domingues - Director of the Post-Graduation Studies in Portuguese Discoveries at the University of Lisbon and one of the best world scholars of History of the Portuguese Expansion - was offered on one of the student's days off; and



A series of conferences delivered by the students was offered in the Municipal Library, aiming at the general public and with three expressed objectives:



2.3.b.1. To raise the general awareness to the importance of the local seafaring-related cultural heritage;



2.3.b.2. To show the capacity and skills of Texas A&M University's Nautical Archaeology Program; and



2.3.b.3. To provide an opportunity for the students to present their research publicly and train their public speaking techniques.

The organization of some of the missions carried out was handled by each one of the students in order to train their leadership skills in several different situations.
All these objectives were set in articulation with the municipality ongoing program of inventory, study, and preservation of the city's underwater cultural heritage.