António J. M. Silva is an integrated member of the Research Centre in Archaeology, Arts and Heritage Sciences (CEAACP) at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His doctoral research, published in the UK in 2012, dealt with maritime interactions between the north of Portugal and other imperial provinces during the early Roman occupation period. He developed his past activities as a professional archaeologist and manager of a commercial archaeology company, AMS Lda. He also taught Archaeology at the University of Coimbra.
Between 2010 and 2015, he was involved in a post-doctoral research project, financed by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology, that dealt with practices and discourses on Mediterranean foodways, under the perspective of cultural change and the construction of identity. He recently published two books about this subject, one in 2013 and the other in 2015. The Mediterranean food heritage is now his main line of research, being actually interested in the societal impact of the recent heritage turn of the Mediterranean diet.
His work “Diaita Nostra – Patrimoines alimentaires, identité et gouvernementalité en Méditerranée” (2016) launches the UNESCO Chair’s new Monographs series.