Archaeology of Trade


• Development of critical thinking (typological, stratigraphic and statistical) on the presence of imports in several archaeological sites, at a local, regional and supra-regional scale.
• Understanding of the historical and archaeological framework of complex trade relations, in small, medium and long distance.
• Identifying of crucial aspects of material culture, productive structures and diffusion over variuos historical phases (small, medium and long distance).

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Carlos da Costa Quaresma


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



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ARNAUD, P., 2005 – Les routes de la navigation antique. Itinéraires en Mediterranée. Paris : Éditions Errance.
DEAGAN, K. (2002) - Artifacts of the Spanish colonies of Florida and the Caribbean 1500-1800. Washington / Londres: Smithsonian. 2vols..
HORDEN, P.; PURCELL, N. (2000) – The corrupting sea. A study of Mediterranean History. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
MANNING, J. G.; MORRIS, I., eds. (2007) - The Ancient Economy: evidence and models. Stanford: University.
McPHERSON, K. (1998) - The Indian Ocean. A History of the People and the Sea. Nova Deli: Oxford University Press.
REYNOLDS, P. (2010) – Hispania and the Roman Mediterranean. AD 100-700. Ceramics and trade. London: Duckworth.
ROSSELLÓ BORDOY, G., ed. (1997) - Transferències i comerç de ceràmica a l´Europa mediterrània: segles XIV-XVII. Palma: Institut d´Estudis Baleàrics.
TRACY, J. D. (1993) - The Rise of merchant empires: long distance trade in the Early Modern World 1350-1750. Cambridge: University Press.

Teaching method

In class teaching

Evaluation method

Evaluation method - Text comment (in class)(20%), Written work (15-20 pages)(80%)

Subject matter

Operative concepts for commercial analysis in Archaeology: statistical and geo-economical tools; characteristics of land-born, river-born and sea-born trade over the long diachrony.
• Late Bronze Age, Iron Age and Republican Period: main vectors of contact with Mediterraneam and Atlantic in the actual Portuguese territory.
• High-Empire: trade networks between the western Mediterranean
Late Antiquity: trade networks between eastern Mediterranean and Atlantic.
Middle Age and Modrn Period: new models and new geographical coverage.


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