The field base which will be crucial in this project is the archaeological park at Ammaia (Northern Alentejo). This site, partially owned by the University of Evora, would be fully developed as research centre during the working period of the consortium and will become the natural setting for a series of planned activities. It is the site of a former Roman town, at present being investigated within the framework of a trilateral multi-disciplinary research project by the universities of Evora (P), Gent (B) and Cassino (I), in a joint operation with a local foundation responsible for the cultural management of the site (Fundação Cidade de Ammaia).
This archaeological park not only consists of an ideal complex site to study by way of integrated non-invasive field methods, but the setting with its museum, fully equipped field laboratory and facilities for lodging, training and congress activities is perfectly adapted for the work of the consortium. The archaeological park is situated in the Spanish/Portuguese borderland landscape reserve of the Serra de São Mamede, where a centre for cultural and natural landscape management is tied to the archaeological site.
The University of Evora has given full support for allowing the Ammaia-site to be developed as meeting and working base for the IAPP-project.