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Group of Friends of the National Archaeology Museum

Created by the end of 1999, with the purpose of supporting the activities and social function of the National Museum of Archaeology, in Portugal and abroad, the Museum's Group of Friends (GAMNA) has about six hundred members from a varied range of occupations (plastic artists, politicians, writers, teachers, journalists, clergymen, architects, lawyers, company managers...). Nowadays, the Group is proud of being the largest and the most enterprising Group of Friends from the Portuguese museums.

Within the scope of its mission, the GAMNA organizes diverse activities, of which we point out the guided tours to the Museum (exhibitions and back-rooms) and to other similar institutions, the conference cycles and intensive courses, the acquisition of varied equipment and bibliography for the Museum library and the publication of brochures and books with didactic interest. Annually, the Group also promotes study visits to archaeological sites in Portugal and abroad, for its members.

The GAMNA's members enjoy several benefits (free entry to the Museum, discounts in the shop, Museum's editions, etc.). They pay an annual membership-fee established by the Group's General Assembly (25,00 Euros is today's minimal fee; 15,00 Euros for students). The members (effective, benefactors or honorary) can be individuals over sixteen and public bodies, of a public, cooperative or private nature.

To become a GAMNA's member, all you have to do is to ask for and fill in a form at the Museum reception desk or by e-mail through the here available form.

GAMNA's Statutes [pdf.91kb]

GAMNA - Governing Bodies 2008 - 2011 (33kB)

GAMNA - Brief Account.pdf [49kb]

Questionnaire [pdf.198 kb] to the GAMNA's members 


GAMNA informative bulletin

Museu Nacional de Arqueologia
(D. Adília Antunes)
Tel. 213620000
Fax. 213620016
E-mail: grupoamigos@mnarqueologia.dgpc.pt

informative bulletin

The GAMNA’s Bulletin aims at building a link between all the National Archaeology Museum’s Friends. It reports the group's main activities, brings the collections to the knowledge and keeps you up to date with other museums' events and with archaeology in general.

download - bol.n.º15 Julho 2012.pdf(1.319 MB)
download - bol.n.º13 Julho 2010.pdf(2.17 MB)
download - bol.n.º12 Fevereiro 2010.pdf(1.6MB) 
download - bol.n.º11 Julho 2009_encarte.pdf(38KB)
download - bulletin n.º10 June 2008.pdf (701KB)
download - bulletin n.º 9 september 2007.pdf (968 kb)
download - bulletin n.º 8 january 2007.pdf (1.51 Mb)
download - bulletin n.º 7 september 2006.pdf (1,53 Mb)
download - bulletin n.º 6 october 2005.pdf (1,41 Mb)
download - bulletin n.º 5 january 2005.pdf (1,20 Mb)
download - bulletin n.º 4 may 2004.pdf (460 Kb)
download - bulletin n.º 3_june_2003.zip (2,19 Mb)
download - bulletin n.º 2_september_2002.zip (900 Kb)
download - bulletin n.º 1_october_2001.zip (1,73 Mb)



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GAMNA'S Showcase

Granite anthropomorphic stela (detail) Granite anthropomorphic stela (detail) conception:

Granite anthropomorphic stela
Inventory number
Crato. Portalegre
Late Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age
Sub rectangular granite stela, somewhat round at the upper top. It shows an anthropomorphic figuration by incision representing the neck and the head: two deep, circular depressions represent the eyes and a vertical, deep groove depicts the nose, between the eyes. The neck is reduced to a horizontal groove, from which hang three concentric curves suggesting a necklace. Incised lines, which cross forming a network that might mean the hair or a headdress, also decorate the item, laterally. The stela is broken at the lower end.

The most ancient anthropomorphic sculpture in Portugal
(Late 3rd/early 2nd millennium before Christ)

This item is one of the most ancient monumental depictions of the human figure existing in Portugal. It might represent the groups' tutelary entities, divinities related to the cults of fertility, or still glorified personages.
Such sculptures are the expression of a vast ideological-religious movement that spans from the Near East to the Iberian Peninsula, at the beginning of the social emergence of warriors and heroes, that is to say, at the transition from the Copper to the Bronze Age. They can be found at funerary contexts or isolated, far from the settlements - in hunting areas or sacred places. The wide, open-air rock art sanctuaries as Bouça do Colado, in Lindoso, Ponte da Barca, and Vale do Tejo, in the area of Vila Velha de Ródão, are the most paradigmatic Portuguese examples

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