HERCULES team is composed of highly motivated researchers from different areas of knowledge, with a common goal since the beginning: to setup an analytical infrastructure that could bring a new approach into heritage research in Portugal and that could put Portugal in the mainstream of European heritage research.

With that in mind, the HERCULES researchers have been working since 2009 towards getting the financial support to acquire state-of-art equipment for the material study of cultural heritage artefacts and to build up the scientific know-how to do it.

This has led to novel opportunities and fields of research that have allowed to foster activities of the Laboratory four main lines of research:

Archaeometric approaches to Past Cultures

Science for the Arts

Science for Heritage Conservation

New materials and tools for Cultural Heritage