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10         The Portugal News · 24 Oct 2020                        News

      Alcalar Monuments                                                                       Silves cancels All Saints Fair

      suggested as special Zone                                                               The Municipality of Silves has decided to cancel the All Saints,
                                                                                              Todos os Santos Fair, which was scheduled to take place
                                                                                              between 29 October and 1 November 2020.
                                                                                                                                          The municipality
      The Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC) has                                                                            had every
                                                                                                                                          intention of
      proposed to the Government to give the status of a special                                                                          hosting the
      protection zone (ZEP) to the Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar,                                                                       event but the
                                                                                                                                          cancelation is
      in Portimão, already classified as a national monument.                                                                             due to health
                                                                                              According to a statement from   de Todos os Santos were already
                                                                                              the municipality: “It was the   underway, in the same way,  that
                                                                                              intention of the Municipality of   a contingency plan was being
                                                                                              Silves to hold the event, taking   prepared for the event, in com-
                                                                                              into account not only its long   pliance with DGS health rules
                                                                                              history but above all, the need to   and recommendations.
                                                                                              promote economic recovery and   However, the tightening of
                                                                                              the normalisation of life in the   restrictions recently released by
                                                                                              area”.                       the Government and which will
                                                                                              In this sense, preparations for   affect the event, made the fair
                                                                                              organising and holding the Feira   impossible to stage.
                                                                                              Madeira creating digital platform to
                                                                                              export regional products

      The Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar are part of a vast archaeological site, with megalithic funerary temples  The Government of Madeira is supporting the creation of a
                                                                                              digital platform that will allow the export of regional products,
      The Megalithic Monuments of   tional monument since 1910. Factors   Patrimony (DGPC) website.  reaching potential consumers on a global level, announced the
      Alcalar are part of a vast archaeo-  like the wide range of subsistence   According to the DGPC, the set   president of the executive, Miguel Albuquerque.
      logical site, with megalithic funerary   resources provided, among other   of Alcalar Megalithic Monuments
      temples, built and used over several   activities, the fishing and seafood   is one of the most important and   “We are currently developing a   Albuquerque.
      centuries, in the Chalcolithic period.  exploitation of Ria de Alvor have   visited archaeological places in   process to create a digital platform   Miguel Albuquerque added that with
      Composed of a set of graves spread   contributed to the perpetuation of   the Algarve, due to the funerary   with a first class search engine, where   this tool the “expectation is to reach
      over an area of ten hectares, the ne-  human occupation in this area, reads    structures and the large number and   we can put all regional products on   more than 6,000 million consumers”
      cropolis has been classified as a na-  the General Direction for Cultural   relevance of the objects found.  sale in the world market,” said Miguel   of regional products from Madeira.
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