Modern Archaeology - 2nd semester


a) Centres on the archaeological data, in nowadays Portuguese territory and in the regions occupied by the Portuguese, between 16th and 18th centuries, integrating historical and cultural contexts. Autochthonous structures and material culture will be considered but also imports brought from Spain, Italy, Low Countries, India, Ceylon, China and Japan.
b) To know how archaeological data reflects the cultural, social, economical, religious and political live in Portugal, between the 16th and 18th centuries.
c) To know about the structure and organization of urban centres, their main buildings, edification methods and techniques but also about artefacts used in urban and rural daily life between the 16th and 18th centuries.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rosa Varela Gomes


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





- Gomes, M.V. e Gomes, R.V. 1995, Cerâmicas dos séculos XV e XVII da Praça Cristóvão Colombo no Funchal, in Actas das 2as Jornadas de Cerâmica Medieval e Pós-Medieval, Métodos e Resultados para o seu Estudo. Tondela: Câmara Municipal de Tondela, 315-348.
- Mesquita García, M., (Coord.) 2002, La Cerámica de Paterna – Reflejos del Mediterráneo, Museo de Belas Artes de Valencia, 422 pp., Valencia.
- Korf, D., 1962, Nederlands Majolica, Vitgeversmaatschappij C.A.J. Van Disshoech, 111 pp., 157 figs, Bussum.- Pais, A. N.; Pacheco, A.; Coroado, J. 2007, Cerâmica de Coimbra. Do século XVI-XX. Coimbra: Edições Inapa.
- Yeo, S.T., e Martin, J., 1978, Chinese Blue & White Ceramics, Arts Orientalis, 315 pp., 198 ests, Singapura.

Teaching method

Theoretic classes with audio-visual information. Practical classes, with archaeological materials. Study visits to museums and archaeological diggings.

Evaluation method

Classification will be obtained with two writing tests, with total quotation of 20 points. The pupils are approved with the average of 10 points.

Subject matter

1. Introduction
1.1. Modern Archaeology, Modern History and Modern Art History.
1.2. The particularity of techniques and methods of digging and registration in Modern Archaeology. Digging, study and conservation of the archaeological data.
1.3. The pioneers of the Modern Archaeology in Portugal.
2. Urban planning and architecture
2.1. From the organic urban grow to the town-planning.
2.2. The space organization in peninsular towns, between 16th and 17th-18th centuries. The big central squares.
2.3. Churches and convents.
2.4. Houses and palaces.
2.5. The art of war - defensive systems and weapons.
2.6. The rural space.
2.7. Necropolis
3. Material culture.
3.1. Weapons.
3.2. Ceramics (XVIth and XVIIth-XVIIIth centuries) - News techniques, forms and decorations. The local productions.
3.3. Glaze ware imported from Spain (Andalusia, Valencia, Catalonia and Aragon), Italy (Venice, Deruta, Faenza, Cafaggiolo, ...), Germany (Raeren, Siegburg, ...) and Holland (Delf).
3.4. The china-ware
3.5. The Portuguese Faenza.
3.6. The glass - main production centres.
3.7. Metallic, wooden and bone materials.


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