Archaeology of the Portuguese Expansion - 1st semester


a) To understand patterns of Portuguese implantation in overseas territories between 15th and 18th centuries. These will be studied in a comparative perspective with identical processes occurred with other European colonial powers and considering the characteristics of indigenous people.
b) To dominate material evidence related to Portuguese expansion in the different parts of the world, both in urban, coastal and rural inland contexts.
c) To identify structures and material culture resulting from the Portuguese presence abroad, acquiring a wider knowledge about Portuguese Late Medieval and Early Modern archaeology.

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Responsible teacher

André Teixeira


Weekly - 4

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- DEAGAN, Kathleen, 2002, Artifacts of the Spanish Colonies of Florida and the Caribbean 1500-1800. Washington / London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2 vols..
- D’INTINO, Raffaella (coord.), 1998, Nossa Senhora dos Mártires. A última viagem. Lisboa: Pavilhão de Portugal - Expo 98 / Verbo.
- FUNARI, Pedro Paulo; SENATORE, Maria Ximena (ed.), 2015, Archaeology of Culture Contact and Colonialism in Spanish and Portuguese America. London: Springer.
- REDMAN, Charles L., 1986, Qsar es-Seghir: an Archaeological view of medieval life. New York: Academic Press.
- SOUSA, Élvio Duarte M., 2011, lhas Arqueológicas. O quotidiano e a civilização material na Madeira e nos Açores (séculos XV-XVIII). Tese de doutoramento apresentada à Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.
- TEIXEIRA, André e BETTENCOURT, José António (coord.), 2012, Velhos e Novos Mundos. Estudos de Arqueologia Moderna. Lisboa: CHAM, 2 vols..

Teaching method

Theoretical classes with audiovisual support.
Practical classes supported by cartographical maps, iconography and archaeological materials from this period, as well as texts and drawings resulting from archaeological investigation.
Visits to museums.

Evaluation method

Two evaluation elements: one written test (50% of the final mark), one individual or group final paper (50% of the final mark)

Subject matter

1. Urban settlements: functional articulation
2. Rural landscapes and settlements
3. Mercantile emporiums
4. Ports, maritime landscapes and ships
5. Defensive systems
6. Religious spaces and buildings
7. Palatial and vernacular civil architecture
8. Urban and peri-urban manufactures
9. Everyday household objects: kitchen, table and storage ware; religious and devotional items; furniture; clothing and ornamental accessories; leisure
10. Work objects: agropastoral utensils, manufacturing tools, instruments and commercial loads.
11. Military equipment


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