Ponta da Piedade (Lagos, Portugal) and Algarve region nautical
archaeology survey, recording, and assessment project is focused
on finding, excavating, and analyzing the "Ships of Discovery"
from the 15th and 16th centuries AD. It is conducted by the
Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University,
Camara Municaipal de Lagos, Center for Maritime Archaeology
and Conservation, and the IMRD.
Dr. Rui Loureiro
The main objective of this project is mapping a small area off
the Ponta da Peidade promontory, in Lagos, Portugal, where a
number of stone anchors were seen in the early 1990s. The second
objective of this project is an inquiry and survey of the waters
of the Municipality of Lagos. Both projects are part of a summer
school offered in Lagos, in June 2006.
project is the intention to create a long-term working relation
with the Municipality of Lagos, the city from which Prince Henry
the Navigator launched the Portuguese survey of the African
coasts that eventually lead to the establishment of the India
University and the Municipality of Lagos have agreed to sign
a Memorandum of Agreement to work in conjunction and establish
a center for maritime archaeology in articulation of with Lagos
“Live Science Workshop,” a project to promote the
study of the Portuguese seafaring in the 15th and 16th centuries.