The conference will be held at the town of Vila Nova de Foz Côa, in the portuguese north region of Douro. The region of Douro is well known all over the world as the origin of one of the most world's famous wines: the Port Wine. This region became World Cultural Heritage in the year of 2001.
This region has been occupied by human beings since pre-historical ages, making this valley a huge source of data for archaeologists and historians. In the valley of River Côa, an affluent of Douro that gives name to the town, is locate the biggest open air prehistoric rock-art site of the world, dating from the upper Palaeollithic period. This archaeological park became also World Cultural Heritage in the year of 1998.
The conference programme will take place at the Culture House of Vila Nova de Foz Côa. In this building you will find an auditorium with capacity for 180/200 attendants, a small auditorium with capacity for 60 attendants, rooms for other sessions and meetings, a modern press and technical support room, a lunch room, a bar, and a sort of facilities and modern equipments to support the conference, such as internet access, multi-language system, data show equipment and several available computers.
To receive you all for this conference, will wait for you at Porto, which historical centre is World Heritage City since 1996. Than we'll to take you on a trip along the Douro landscape, in an amazing and wonderful train promenade to Vila Nova de Foz Côa. In the last day, we'll take you back to Porto along the river to visit the world famous Port Wine cellars.