Underwater Archaeological Chart of the city of Cascais (ProCASC)



The Underwater Archaeological Chart project arises as a coastline and seaside management tool based on the Maritime Cultural Landscape. As an IT source and a knowledge tool, it is rooted on research by its ability to define strategies and priorities in establishing a sustainable development policy and fruition of the underwater cultural heritage. 

The model followed in the management of the Underwater Cultural Heritage of the city of Cascais, is a process that understands research as a complete cycle of activities essential to the field of underwater archaeology (which comprise the documentation, intervention, conservation, protection and disclosure), but also in conducting Coastal Archaeology and in creating a public archaeology meant to monitor the economic horizon of the sea.



The objectives of this research have a dual goal: firstly, provide a distinct approach on coastal management, as a maritime cultural space; and, secondly, to have a new insight on archaeological issues and to promote new areas of research. 

 This work also aims to contribute to the protection of the underwater archaeological sites identified, namely regarding their scientific and heritage valuation, with special focus on current issues of maritime spatial planning.

 The work on the underwater archaeological heritage has been developed within this technical-scientific platform, establishing and focusing on the following priorities and strategic objectives:

1. The development of tools that combine all the data related to the underwater cultural heritage:

2. Interventions in the field:

3. The dissemination and the promotion of public participation in protecting the underwater cultural heritage within context of sustainability.


Start: 2011

Duration: 55 months

Principal Investigator: Jorge Freire (CHAM) / António Fialho (CMC)




- Câmara Municipal de Cascais

- Câmara Municipal de Cascais
- Centro de História d'Aquém e d'Além-Mar / Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas/Universidade Nova de Lisboa | Universidade dos Açores


- Cascais Dive Center
- Escola de Vela de Cascais
- Instituto Superior Técnico / Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
- Marina de Cascais
- Porto de Recreio de Oeiras
- Projecto Baseline Cascais


- Câmara Municipal de Oeiras
- Centro de Investigação Naval
- Direcção Geral do Património Cultural



Jorge Freire   .    Coordenator 

António Fialho    .    Coordenator 

Augusto Salgado (CINAV)
Carlos Martins
Cristóvão Fonseca (CHAM)
Inês Pinto Coelho (CHAM)
João Pedro Cardoso (CMCascais)
Jorge Russo (CINAV)
José António Gonçalves (CMCascais)
Luis Sebastião (ISR / IST/UTL)
Marco Borges (FLUL)
Maria João Faria (CMCascais)
Miguel Lacerda
Nuno Sousa (CINAV)
Patrícia Carvalho (CHAM)
Pedro Ivo (CINAV)
Tiago Silva (CHAM)