Studio Project

Death and Life at Bolores and the Sizandro Valley, Portugal

Death and Life at Bolores and the Sizandro Valley, Portugal showcases the archaeological research carried out by Katina Lillios (Professor, Anthropology), University of Iowa students, and collaborators at the third millennium BCE burial at Bolores (Torres Vedras, Portugal) and investigations in the Sizandro Valley. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, this research aimed to assess the relationship between environmental change and human behavior during this important period in the Iberian Peninsula, when human groups first came together in large population centers and then abandoned these centers around 2200 BCE. A series of studies were also carried on ritual practices, social differentiation, health, mobility, and diet, and these will be summarized on the site.