THE ROMAN STUDIES FOUNDATION AND THE NATIONAL ROMAN ART MUSEUM, LEADERS OF THE RED LVSITANIA PROGRAMMES
Fundación de Estudios Romanos (FER)
Museo Nacional de Arte Romano (MNAR) http://museoarteromano.mcu.es/
The RED LVSITANIA Project is conceived as an action programme which directly implies, firstly, the Roman Studies Foundation (FER), as its applicant institution and the National Roman Art Museum (MNAR), whereby it is possible the achievement of the objectives considered in the Project.
Moreover, a large number of national and international institutions of recognized standing and extensive experience in scientific research in the field of archaeology in Roman times are also directly o indirectly involved: the Archaeological Museum in Lisbon, the University of Lisbon and the University and Archaeology Institute in Coimbra, in the Portuguese side; and The Consortium of the Monumental City of Merida and the Archaeological Museums in Badajoz and Caceres, in the Spanish side; to mention some examples.
From the point of view of implementing the Project objectives, the FER, created in 1994 and settled down in the MNAR, has as its main action lines: organizing conferences, courses, exhibitions and congresses, as well as, developing research programmes which are closely carried out with the Researching Department of the MNAR.
The role of the MNAR in designing strategies and implementing the milestones is therefore fundamental in properly developing the objectives set out in the Project as it acts as an important scientific support as well as it allows the availability of the infrastructures, technical means and necessary supports to achieve the objectives set out in the Working Plan and the achievement of the Methodology in the different stages of the Project.
Regarding its well-known career in scientific culture programmes, we should emphasised that from the MNAR, in collaboration with the FER, different research programmes, which have clarified different aspects related to the historical and cultural configuration of Lusitania, have been developed. This is the case of the National R&D Project: “Ornamental Programmes in Roman Lusitania: origin and evolution”, as well as other projects on a regional level which stress concrete aspects of the Romanizing process of the Roman province, as it is the case of the “Roman Forums of Extremadura. Research for the dissemination of the Romanization process in the West of the Iberian Peninsula” or “Roman Art in Extremadura I. Creation of models in the Hispanic West”. This backs an extensive career in studies about the Roman Lusitania as one of the fundamental research lines which are carried out from the MNAR.