João Fonte


Postdoctoral Researcher


Research Group

Art, History, and Heritage





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João Fonte (PhD in Archaeology) is currently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter (UK). He is a landscape archaeologist specialising in remote sensing and GIS. His research focuses on the study of the Iron Age-Roman transition in Northwest Iberia from an integrated landscape archaeology perspective, combining archaeology, remote sensing and GIS, archaeometry and palaeoenvironment; and from a comparative perspective, dealing with similar archaeological contexts in Southwest England (in collaboration with Dr Christopher Smart) and Dacia (Romania) (in collaboration with Dr Ioana Oltean). He received a BA in Archaeology (University of Minho, Portugal) before receiving an MSc in Geographic Information Systems (University of Porto, Portugal) and an MA in Archaeology (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain). He was then awarded a 4 years PhD fellowship from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) of Portugal. João Fonte developed his PhD research at the Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Spain on Late Iron Age-Roman transition in Northwest Iberia, building on a Landscape Archaeology perspective and widely applying geospatial technologies. After his PhD (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain), he was awarded a postdoctoral grant from the Galician Regional Government at the Incipit-CSIC to further expand the study of early Roman military archaeology and native interaction in Northwest Iberia. This grant has allowed João Fonte to contact with Dr Ioana Oltean as a visiting scholar at the Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter, and to introduce a comparative perspective in his research through a preliminary evaluation of the Iron Age and Roman archaeological landscapes of SW Britain and Dacia (Romania). This has led to a Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral grant in the Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter, which he currently holds. He has frequently presented the results of his research at international conferences, and published papers in highimpact journals and peer-reviewed chapters in collective volumes. He has given several lectures and practical sessions at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Iron Age and Roman Archaeology and geospatial technologies in Portugal, Spain and the UK, including the teaching of several advance courses in geospatial technologies applied to Archaeology.


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