Currently: Academic researcher
Alexandre Monteiro entered the Maritime Archaeology field as an avocational diver, fighting treasure hunting lobbies in the Azores Islands in 1995. There, he created from scratch the Azores Underwater Cultural Heritage Database, identifying more than 600 wrecks in the process. He then surveyed for, located and excavated nine historical wrecks – the most notable ones being the “HMS Pallas” (an English 32-gun frigate, 1783), the “Lidador” (a Brazilian steamer, 1878), “Angra C” (a mid-17th century double hulled hurk), “Angra D” (a late 16th century Spanish galleon) and the Portuguese East Indiaman “Nossa Senhora da Luz” (1615).
An expert archival researcher and a specialist in post-medieval Iberian shipbuilding for ICOMOS/UNESCO - with projects in Underwater Cultural Heritage Management running in Mozambique, Oman and Namibia (where he is leading the historical research regarding the wreck of the probable “Bom Jesus”, a 1533 Portuguese East Indiaman discovered in 2008 at Oranjemund) - he is currently the lead researcher on the Seaside Alentejo Coastline Maritime Archaeology Project.
During his battling with treasure hunting activities, Alexandre Monteiro has been the target of several death threats, has cooperated with police bodies in identifying threats against the Underwater Cultural Heritage worldwide and has also been served with strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) in order to prevent him from publicly denouncing treasure hunting activities directed against such universal heritage.
Some of his career highlights include:
*Original background in Zootechnical Engineering, with later studies in Archaeology: BA, postgraduate studies and an Advanced Certificate for PhD studies in History/Archaeology at Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
*Expert in Nautical Archaeology for the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS/UNESCO);
*A University of Western Australia Honorary Associate Researcher;
*Positions held as a Maritime Archaeologist, National Center for Nautical and Underwater Archaeology, Portuguese Ministry of Culture.
*Co-manager MARIE CURIE ITN European Project "Forest Resources for Iberian Empires: Ecology and Globalization in the Age of Discovery", ForSEAdiscovery (Grant agreement no.: 607545).
*Team member in European Project H2020-SC6-CULT-COOP-2016-2017 (UNDERSTANDING EUROPE - PROMOTING THE EUROPEAN PUBLIC AND CULTURAL SPACE) iMARECULTURE.
*Fellow of the Portuguese Navy Academy.
*Executive Member of the International Federation of Teaching Archaeologists and Historians (IFTAH)
*Member of the Permanent Forum for the Matters of the Sea, Portuguese Maritime Affairs Task Group, Portuguese Government.
*Fellow of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA); of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) ; of the Latin America Studies Association (LASA) and of the Portuguese Professional Archaeologists Association (APA);
*Researcher with both the Institute of Archaeology and Paleosciences and the Institute of Contemporary History of the Lisbon Nova University
*Invited teacher of Maritime Archaeology and Contemporary Archaeology at the Nova Lisbon University;
*Science writer and reviewer for National Geographic Magazine – Portugal.
25 years of experience in fishermen, divers and general public education, outreach and dissemination in what pertains to Underwater Cultural Heritage.
*Field, archival and historical shipwreck database experience in the South Atlantic (Namibia); Persian Gulf (Sultanate of Oman) and Indian Ocean (Western Australia and Mozambique)
*Sailing and motorboat skipper licensed and Technical diver background.