Archaeology of Architecture


- Understand and master the basic concepts of work in Archaeology of Architecture,
- Understand the object of study, in its material and symbolic components,
- Understand the processes of the basic methodologies of the discipline,
- Know how to apply the knowledge in practical cases.

General characterization





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Caballero Zoreda, Luis (1995) \"Método para el análisis estratigráfico de construcciones históricas o ‘lectura de paramentos’\". Informes de la Construcción 46.435 : 37-46.
Clark, Bonnie J., and Kathleen Corbett (2006) \"Finding Common Ground in Common Places.\" Between Dirt and Discussion. Springer US: 151-167.
Davies, Martin (1987). \"The archaeology of standing structures.\" The Australian Journal of Historical Archaeology: 54-64.
Ferris, I.M. (1989). “The archaeological investigation of standing structures”, Vernacular architecture, 20 : 12-17
Fontes, Luis, Sofia Catalão, e Mafalda Alves (2010). \"Arqueologia da Arquitectura em Contexto Urbano: reflexões a partir de três exemplos da cidade de Braga, Portugal.\" Arqueología de la Arquitectura 7: 105-128.
Ramalho, MDM. (2002) \"Arqueologia da Arquitectura: o método arqueológico aplicado ao estudo e intervenção em património arquitectónico.\" Estudos/Património 3: 19-29.
Schuller, M. (2002). Building archaeology. Monuments and Sites, 7. ICOMOS

Teaching method

Classroom teaching, through theoretical classes accompanied by audiovisual information, and practical classes of case study analysis and theory application to real contexts. Analysis of national and international case studies, with group discussion. Study visits to museums and archaeological sites and contact with other professionals in the field.

Evaluation method

Evaluation: 1) Case / study analysis (20%)
2) Written examination (40%)
3) Practical research work (40%)
(100% = 20 points)

Subject matter

1. Historical Contextualization
a. The emergence and evolution of the discipline, and its importance in archaeological practice, in Portugal and in the world.
b. Interdisciplinarity and key concepts.

2. Introduction to the Object of Study
a. Built heritag as cultural, social and archaeological object
b. History of Architecture and Aesthetic Movements
c. Constructive Techniques and Construction Materials
d. Form and function: the building as living space and the evidences from occupation.

3. Methodologies of Study and Intervention
a. Introduction to Sources
b. Documentation
i. Photography
ii. Drawing
iii. New Technologies in Documentation
c. Stratigraphy applied to buildings
d. Communication and Report


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