From interpretation of the Site to the Project: a proposal for the Rock Art of the Tagus Valley

  • Mário Monteiro Benjamim Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias


An artificial intervention in the landscape, like the immersion of a large area by areservoir, not only implies the obvious change in the usefulness of a resource, it canalso dramatically affect the site by concealing the human legacy, landscape andpatrimonial heritage, however important to the understanding of its historical makeup. The research we developed has the purpose to conceive strategies to expose therock art of the Tagus Valley, which has been immersed by the construction of theFratel dam on 1974, and the subsequent filling of the reservoir. These strategiespertain to a more extensive scope of intervention, where the engravings become acohesive part of the current landscape, creating new usages for the premises and newopportunities for regional development. It is in this context that we find thepossibility to validate a theoretical model of in-project research, through a concreteproposal of intervention; proposal that, in addition to being an experiment in design,will allow us to correct strategic methodologies and to progressively perfect thetheoretical model itself.Keywords: Schematic Art, Middle Tagus, Project, Identity, Heterotopias