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Department of Archaeology



I completed my BA and MPhil in Archaeology at the University of Porto, Portugal, specializing in contextual archaeology and weaving in the III Millennium B.C. in Northern Portugal. I then broadened my scope of expertise and pursued a second MPhil in World Heritage Studies (Cottbus, Germany): my focus was on community involvement in the nomination of archaeological sites as World Heritage. Afterwards, I worked as an archaeologist and heritage expert in my hometown Macau (SAR of China). For my MPhil in Archaeological Heritage and Museums, at the University of Cambridge, I explored the distinction between movable and immovable heritage. Currently, I am a first-year PhD student and my topic addresses cultural heritage and the context of diaspora communities.


I am interested in understanding heritage processes and conceptions within contexts of human mobility or post-mobility; and to explore heritage through, but also beyond, nation-state perceptions and the ‘postcolonial’ lens. I also study the various ways diaspora and migrant communities, particularly ethnic minorities, express themselves through cultural institutions, museums and objects.

In parallel, I would like to further analyse the creation, nomination and management of World Heritage, as well as its implications.

I have a passion for any research that relates to the archaeology, history and heritage of Macau and the Macanese communities.

Finally, within archaeology, I research traditional weaving practices and other related yarn-working activities.

Key Publications

Key publications: 
[1] 2018, The Macanese Encontros: remembrance in diaspora ‘homecomings’. In Marschall, S. (edt.) Memory, Migration and Travel. London: Routledge. Chapter 9
[2] 2016, Mariana P. L. Pereira & Gabriel Caballero, Challenges of the Casino and Historic City of Macau: preserving heritage amidst the creation of stage-set townscapes. International Federation of Landscape Architects. Available at:
[3] 2015, Safeguarding Endangered Languages in Diaspora's Virtual World. In Vinkemans, Tine; Miletic, Natasha (edts.) Discovering Diaspora: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Part III 'Doing' Diaspora through New Media. E-Book. ISBN 978-1-84888-356-7. P.79-98
[4] 2012, Rethinking past practices: two contributions to the study of loom elements”. Journal of Iberian Archaeology, vol. 15. Available at:

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Supervisors: Dacia Viejo Rose

Advisors: Mark Elliott

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Museum Studies
Socio-Politics of the Past
Heritage Management
Cultural Heritage

Contact Details

mp850 [at]


Heritage Studies
Geographical areas: 
East Asia
Southeast Asia
Periods of interest: 
Other Historical