Medieval Christian Archaeology


1) To known peninsular archaeological remains dated to the 8th to 13th centuries. The aim is to study the territorial organization, settlements and artifacts through archaeological remains and written documents.
2) To acquire knowledge on artifacts and site changes through the 8th to the 13th centuries.
3) To study urban changes during the medieval period and the evolution in defensive strategies and sites.
4) To study Christian religious buildings and funerary practices.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Catarina Maria dos Santos Guerra Tente


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





-Arqueología y Territorio Medieval (Revista da Universidad de Jaén), Jaén, Universidad de Jaén, vários volumes.
-BONNASSIE, P.; GUICHARD, P.; GERBET, M. (2001) – Las Españas Medievales, Barcelona, Crítica.
-BARROCA, M. J. FERNANDES, I. (2005) - Muçulmanos e cristãos entre o Tejo e o Douro (séculos VIII a XIII), Palmela, Câmara Municipal de Palmela e Universidade do Porto.
-BOÜARD, Michel de (1977) - Manual de Arqueología Medieval. De la prospección a la historia. Barcelona: Editorial Teide.
-QUIRÒS CASTILLO, J. A., Ed. (2010) - The archaeology of Early medieval villages in Europe. Vitória: UPV.

Teaching method

Theoretical classes supported by audiovisuals. Practical classes on the analysis of relevant papers and archaeological sources. Visits to museums and archaeological excavations.

Evaluation method

a group assignment (3 elements) for presentation in class, reflecting the research on one of the topics addressed in the chair program(40%), an individual test(50%), participation in practical classes(10%)

Subject matter

1. Portuguese medieval archaeological research in its western European context in the last 50 years.
2. The transition from Roman to Medieval period.
3. The archaeology of Christian religious buildings and funerary practices.
4. Medieval urban archaeology.
5. Defensive sites
6. Organization and evolution on the rural territories.
7. Medieval artifacts: pottery, metals, wooden objects, and building techniques.


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