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Mafalda Costa

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  • Laboratório HERCULES, Universidade de Évora. Palácio do Vimioso, Largo Marquês de Marialva, 8 , 7000-809 , Évora, Évora, Portugal (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Natural sciences - Earth and Environmental Sciences - Geochemistry
  • Humanities - History and Archaeology - Archaeology
  • Natural sciences - Earth and Environmental Sciences - Geology
Degree Classification
2017 - 2020
Earth and Space Sciences (Doutoramento)
Major in Geological Processes
Universidade de Évora Instituto de Investigação e Formação Avançada, Portugal
2016 - 2020
Archaeology (Doctor of Philosophy)
Universiteit Gent Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Belgium


2016 - Current Researcher (Research)
Universiteit Gent Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Belgium
2015 - Current Researcher (Research)
Laboratório Hercules Herança Cultural Estudos e Salvaguarda, Portugal


Book chapter
  1. Vandenabeele, Peter; Rousaki, Anastasia; Costa, Mafalda; Moens, Luc; Edwards, Howell G. M.. "CHAPTER 5. Pigments and Colourants". In Raman Spectroscopy in Archaeology and Art History, 61-67. Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018.
Conference paper
  1. S. R. M. Pereira; Mª A. Antunes; A.M. Cardoso; Costa, Mafalda; J. Delgado Rodrigues; L. Esteves; José Mirão; António Candeias; J. M. Mimoso. "Influence of the production technology on the morphological characteristics of azulejos". Paper presented in International Conference Glazed Ceramics in Cultural Heritage (GlazeArt2018), 2018.
  2. Manhita, Ana; Dias, Cristina; Martins, Sérgio; Costa, Joana; Teixeira, Dora; Costa, Mafalda; Beltrame, Massimo; et al. "A new look into the archaeological materials from the Museum of Évora, Portugal – the case study of the Zambujeiro Dolmen". 2016.
Journal article
  1. Mafalda Costa; Anastasia Rousaki; Sylvia Lycke; Delphine Saelens; Pieter Tack; Alberto Sánchez; José Tuñón; et al. "Comparison of the performance of two handheld XRF instruments in the study of Roman tesserae from Cástulo (Linares, Spain)". The European Physical Journal Plus (2020): https://doi.org/10.1140/epjp/s13360-020-00635-x.
  2. Costa, Mafalda; Barrulas, Pedro; Dias, Luís; Lopes, Maria da Conceição; Barreira, João; Clist, Bernard; Karklins, Karlis; et al. "Determining the provenance of the European glass beads of Lumbu (Mbanza Kongo, Angola)". Microchemical Journal 154 (2020): 104531. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2019.104531.
  3. Kovalev, I.; Costa, M.; Valadas, S.; Cardoso, A.; Candeias, A.; Gil, M.. "Exploratory analytical study of a 20th century Portuguese mural painting by Julio resende (1917-2011)". International Journal of Conservation Science 11 3 (2020): 627-638. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85092222502&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  4. Costa, Mafalda; Barrulas, Pedro; Dias, Luís; da Conceição Lopes, Maria; Barreira, João; Clist, Bernard; Karklins, Karlis; et al. "Multi-analytical approach to the study of the European glass beads found in the tombs of Kulumbimbi (Mbanza Kongo, Angola)". Microchemical Journal 149 (2019): 103990. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2019.103990.
  5. Rousaki, Anastasia; Costa, Mafalda; Saelens, Delphine; Lycke, Sylvia; Sánchez, Alberto; Tuñón, José; Ceprián, Bautista; et al. "A comparative mobile Raman study for the on field analysis of the Mosaico de los Amores of the Cástulo Archaeological Site (Linares, Spain)". Journal of Raman Spectroscopy (2019): http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jrs.5624.
  6. Costa, Mafalda; Arruda, Ana Margarida; Dias, Luís; Barbosa, Rui; Mirão, José; Vandenabeele, Peter. "The combined use of Raman and micro-X-ray diffraction analysis in the study of archaeological glass beads". Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 50 2 (2019): 250-261. http://hdl.handle.net/10174/25189.
  7. Costa, Mafalda; Arruda, Ana Margarida; Barbosa, Rui; Barrulas, Pedro; Vandenabeele, Peter; Mirão, José. "A Micro-Analytical Study of the Scarabs of the Necropolis of Vinha das Caliças (Portugal)". Microscopy and Microanalysis 25 (2019): 214-220. http://hdl.handle.net/10174/25191.
  8. Coccato, A.; Costa, M.; Rousaki, A.; Clist, B.-O.; Karklins, K.; Bostoen, K.; Manhita, A.; et al. "Micro-Raman spectroscopy and complementary techniques (hXRF, VP-SEM-EDS, µ-FTIR and Py-GC/MS) applied to the study of beads from the Kongo Kingdom (Democratic Republic of the Congo)". Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 48 11 (2017): 1468-1478. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85013042126&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  9. Pereira, Telmo; Andrade, Catarina; Costa, Mafalda; Farias, Anne; Mirao, Jose. "Lithic economy and territory of Epipaleolithic hunter–gatherers in the Middle Tagus: The case of Pena d'Água (Portugal)". Quaternary International (2016): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.081.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Costa, Mafalda. "Lithic Arrowheads: siliceous raw material sources and technology". Master, Universidade de Évora Instituto de Investigação e Formação Avançada, 2015.