The Instituto Politécnico de Tomar has,
since its launching back in the 1980's, considered art and archaeology
as one of its main fields of investment and growth. Since 1998,
it hosts the "European Prehistoric Art" intensive programme,
together with over 20 universities and research centres from
Past Signs and Present memories was designed
as a follow-up of this wider network, aiming to bridge, in the
area of prehistoric art, the fields of archaeological research,
at history and cultural information. The Institute pays a major
attention to the project, as one of its main European priorities.
The experience in this
kind of projects
The IPTomar has a long experience in activities
related to the inventory, study, conservation and valorisation
of the Heritage.
It runs B.A. and M.A. studies in Conservation
and Restoration (with specialisation in Technology, Landscape
Archaeology and Lusíada Art), Cultural Tourism and Landscape
management (with specialisation in Landscape Archaeology and
Under the Socrates programme, of the E.U.,
the IPTomar organised, in 1998, 1999 and 2000, intensive courses
on European Prehistoric Art, involving major European teaching
and research units, namely the partners of the present application.
Together with CEIPHAR, it has published four
(multilingual) volumes on European Prehistoric Art, a fith one
currently being prepared.
The IPTomar also has expertise on data-base
management of archaeological sites and contexts, namely using
Access type and GIS applications, the Prehistory Centre having
developed its own data-base programme (ArqSoft).
In the context of valorisation, the IPTomar
has been and still is involved in several programmes related
to scientific Museography (e.g. creation of Interpretation Centres
of Archaeology for the wider public), with a specific focus
on regional integrated development projects (in partnership
with local authorities). This dimension is part of the project
TEMPOAR (Territories, Mobility and Settlements in the Alto Ribatejo),
approved by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, and recognised
by the Minister as being of "Cultural Interest".
Special attention is devoted to conservation
issues. Particular attention is devoted to the youngsters. A
special protocol has been signed between the IPTomar and a youth
Association (ArqueoJovem), to run projects that will involve
young people. National and international workcamps, summer school
courses, other mobility programmes (e.g. EVS, of the European
Commission), involve several hundreds of young volunteers every
year. Furthermore, a protocol has been signed, involving also
the Portuguese Secretary of State for Youth, whereby an Interpretation
Centre of Archaeology will be runned mainly by and for young
- The Politecnic Intitute of Tomar is located in Tomar in
an large, modern and well-equipped academic campus;
- It has about 180 lecturers and 3000 students; It integrates
several Resource, Research and Development Centres;
- It is involved in several Co-operation Agreements with national
and international teaching and research institutions from
over 30 countries inthe five continents.
The Polytechnic of Tomar is a modern higher
education institution, with Humanistic and Technological components,
namely Culture and Management, Arts, Archaeology and Restoration,
Cultural Tourism, Landscape Management, Photography and Design,
Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrotechnical Engineering,
Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Communication
The History of the Polytechnic of Tomar has
its beginning in 1973, when it was created by ministerial decree.
As in the years after the conditions for its installation have
not been created, just at the end of 1982 the installation of
the Higher School of Technology of Tomar took place. In 1986,
the first bachelor degrees were created and classes held in
an old building of the historic centre of Tomar using laboratories
located in several spots of the city. Finally, in 1992 it changed
to a new campus with over 10 hectares.
This institution has obtained, on the 1st January
1997, the permanent statute of independent Polytechnic Institute,
with, tree schools: the School of Technology in Tomar, the School
of Management in Tomar and the School of Technology in Abrantes.
It has today a great prestige, both nationally and internationally
for its institutional partnerships, the nature of degrees offered,
its high-qualified lecturers, its excellent facilities and resources
and the growing diversity of Research and Development actions.
According to words of the President of the IPT, the prestige
of this higher education establishment is largely due to the
success and professional prestige its graduates have among
Instituto Politécnico de Tomar
International Relations Office (Director)
GRI - C/ Prof. Dr. Luiz Oosterbeek
Estrada da Serra Campus da Quinta do Contador
P - 2300 TOMAR
Fax: +351-49-328186 Tel. +351-49-328100
Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.ipt.pt/