The Terva Valley Archaeological Park/TVAP is a joint project of the Municipality of Boticas and the University of Minho, initiated in 2006 with the program "Conservation, Study, Enhancement and Dissemination of the Ancient Mining Complex of the Upper Terva River Valley, Boticas". The TVAP is an archaeological park with a continuous geographic character, integrating a set of cultural and natural values that constitute relevant and representative resources of the various landscapes that have formed in the territory. The TVAP is designed as a cultural landscape management unit, incorporating visiting infrastructures, such as the Interpretation Centre and the ethnological nucleus of Casa das Memórias, in Bobadela, interpreted circuits and platforms for observing heritage resources.
Inspired by the "seara" (rye field), "the gold of the earth", the logo aims to represent the intimate relationship that communities have established with the surrounding nature, a relationship forged in wise respect for the land that provides sustenance, in the recognition and acceptance of the diversity and interdependence of things, in the need to share common responsibilities to make survival less arduous and in the establishment of strong ties of solidarity to ensure social cohesion and better survival.
Because exploring the landscape provides an easier understanding of its different meanings, several route proposals are available to visitors through the TVAP. The purpose of these interpreted routes is for visitors to experience the unique features of the Terva Valley and to "see things as they are", to build memories by following the paths of the people, animals and natural elements.
The TVAP has three editorial lines of publications available to visitors, with technical and scientific papers from different areas, as well as tools to support visits and publicise the park's heritage.
The Interpretation Center, located in the village of Bobadela, is the entrance to the TVAP. The exhibition contents bridge to the enjoyment of the landscape and heritage, proposed through visitation routes.
Every year, several events are held with the aim of promoting the territory's heritage, natural, and cultural values.
Identity and communication of the Terva Valley Archaeological Park (TVAP).
Archaeology Unit of the University of Minho (Portuguese UAUM), 2013-2018.