Archaeology of Architecture


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General characterization





Responsible teacher

Leonor Amarílis Plácido de Medeiros


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Teaching method

The contents to be taught allow the students to understand the theoretical and practical context of the development of the discipline and its importance in current research, introducing them to the development of existing practices and variations. The focus on the understanding of the various dimensions of the object of study, as well as its physical, historical and social context, allow the student to interpret the evidences that appear in the field work. The main body of the contents conveys the essential tools for carrying out research, documentation and excavation work in archaeological architecture. With the support of bibliographic information, case studies, and contact with other professionals in the area, the contents will function in an integrated way to allow students to achieve the defined objectives. 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

Case-study analysis, Written examination, Practical research work.

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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