Archaeology involving contact between civilizations


1 - Obtain knowledge about European influences in Africa, America and the East, between the 15th-16th centuries and early twentieth century with regard to Spirituality, Art, Architecture and Everyday Life, through literary information and archaeological testimonies.
2 - Acquire information about the influences of contact between different Civilizations and Europe, reflecting on Art, Architecture, religious and profane daily lives, in the context of historical and cultural evolution and, in particular, through Archaeology.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rosa Maria Mendonça Gonçalves Varela Gomes


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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- Dawson, D. (2005). The Potter’s Hand, Historic African Ceramics. Chicago. Ed. Douglas Dawson.

- Dias, P. (2000). A Arquitectura dos Portugueses em Marrocos 1415-1769. Coimbra. Livraria Minerva Editora.

- Dias, P. (2004). A Arte do Marfim, O mundo onde os portugueses chegaram. Porto. Ed. V.O.C. Antiguidades Lda.

- Deagan, K. (1987). Artifacts of the Spanish Colonies of Florida and the Caribbean, 1500-1800, vol. I. Ceramics, Glassware and Bead. London. Stmithsonian Institution Press.

- Godinho, V. M. (1990). Mito e Mercadoria, Utopia e Prática de Navegar, Séculos XIII-XVIII. Lisboa. Ed. Difel.

- Jargstorf, S. (1995). Glass Beads from Europe. Hong Kong. Schiffer Publishing Lda.

- Lopes, M. dos S. (1998). Coisas Maravilhosas e até agora nunca vistas.Lisboa. Quetzal Editores.

-Thomaz, L.F.F.R. (1994). De Ceuta e Timor. Lisboa. Ed. Difel.

Teaching method

Theoretical classes accompanied by audiovisual information. Practical classes with archaeological materials. Study visits to Museums in Lisbon.

Evaluation method

Método de avaliação - two written tests(100%)

Subject matter

1 - Introduction to the theme.
1.1. Course content, concepts and chronological scope.
1.2. Europeans and others.
2 - Archaeology of Contact between Europe and Africa.
3 - Archaeology of Contact between Europe and America.
4 - Archaeology of Contact between Europe and the East.


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