Portuguese finds in Portugal and overseas archaeology

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  • Casa de Polvora – a gun powder factory site, Panelim, Goa, India (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Nizamuddin Taher. Rohini Ambekar. Abhijit Ambekar.

    The Portuguese rule in Goa, India has left behind a lot of tangible remains in the form of antiquities.  These include religious structures and secular edifices including equipments used for some specific purpose or common house hold articles.  One such site that is of interest to the authors is the Gun Powder Factory at Panelim, similar to one at Barcarena (near Lisbon). Owing to its curious history it finds mention from time to time in many of the reports of Portuguese governors. Gun powder...

  • Cidade Velha (Cape Vert) - Africans and Europeans in an Atlantic city. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Marie Louise Sorensen. Chris Evans. Tânia M Casimiro.

    Cambridge University archaeologists have, since 2006, understaken rescue excavations at the historical Portuguese slave transhipment centre of Cidade Velha, Cape Verde. These new World Heritage Site excavations have revealed several structures related to domestic, public and religious functions, such as a church (and its early graveyard), hospital and the town's possible Customs House. From these hundreds of finds were recovered, including glass, metals and pottery. The latter is the most...

  • The "Correio d’ Ázia" – an early 19th century Portuguese "galera" wrecked in Australia. Preliminary findings. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Alexandre Monteiro. Jennifer Rodrigues.

    In 1816 the Portuguese "galera" ´Correio da Azia´ was sailing from Lisbon to China "against weather, seas and wind, fire, shallows and coastal dangers and errors of maps". Carrying general cargo and more than 107.000 silver coins, the ship was never to reach its destination: on November, the 26th, she struck an uncharted reef off what was then New Holland and was hopelessly lost. After a failed salvaged attempt in 1817, the loss of the ship quietly slipped into the History until its story was...

  • Finding Alcatrazes – the lost 15th century settlement on Cape Verde (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Marie Louise Sorensen. Chris Evans. Richard Newman.

    The paper will outline recent National Geographic sponsored fieldwork on Cape Verde. The aim of the work was to find and characterise the ’lost’ settlement of Alcatrazes. Textual sources show that Alcatrazes was the centre of the northern captaincy, but it failed and disappears from the records around 1516. Today, it isn't known where exactly the settlement was or why it failed. The aims of the fieldwork are to determine its location and investigating possible reasons for its demise. This, in...

  • Portuguese Ceramics from Newfoundland, Canada. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Sarah R Newstead. Tânia M Casimiro.

    This paper will discuss the presence of Portuguese ceramics found on the island of Newfoundland, Canada.  The Newfoundland cod fishery became an important part of European trade networks which expanded across the Atlantic during the early modern period.  A multinational seasonal fishery was established on the island in the sixteenth century, with this seasonal presence being augmented by permanent English and French colonies during the seventeenth century.  An extensive collection of Portuguese...

  • Portuguese ceramics in Plymouth (UK) (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Tania Manuel Casimiro. Sarah Newstead.

    Although Portuguese ceramics are present in many cities across England, Plymouth is an extraordinary case of quantity and quality. Thousands of fragments of red coarsewares and tin glaze wares were identified across the city. One of the most extraordinary aspects is related to the type of these artefacts which are very similar to what Portuguese populations would use in Portugal. This aspect motivated the search for people and ships taking such cargo from Portugal and there is evidence of a...

  • Portuguese Faience and its worldwide distribution (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Rosa Varela Gomes. Tânia M Casimiro. Mário Varela Gomes.

    The project "Portuguese Faience (PF) across the world (16th to 18th centuries )", sponsored by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia aims to study the distribution of PF across the world. Not that well recognized outside Portugal, the PF production started in middle 16th century in Lisbon and in the early 17th century it was already being made in other workshops across the country. The huge development of this ware was in part related to Portuguese commercial intensification, namely in its...

  • Portuguese finds in Velha Goa (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Brian Wilson.

    As the former capital of the Estado da Índia, the Portuguese influence on Goa is evident throughout the region—in its architecture, cuisine, music, religious practices, etc.  In Velha Goa (or Old Goa), perhaps the most striking example of this influence is the well-preserved Catholic churches that dominate the landscape.  However, beyond the few excavations in Velha Goa that centered on these churches, there is a limited archaeological understanding of material culture outside of ecclesiastical...

  • Portuguese fine red coarsewares (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Mário Varela Gomes. Rosa Varela Gomes.

    Known outside Portugal as "Merida type red micaceous wares" or "Portuguese Merida-type ware", and believed to have originated in the Western Castilla and latter from Alentejo, called "terra sigillata from Estremoz", "redware", "feldspar inlaid redware", or modelled ceramics, these ceramics originated in southern Portugal. The production presents very diverse but elegant shapes crossing Classic, Islamic and Baroque influences with specific characteristics such as clean red fabrics, plastic...

  • Shipwrecks and politics (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Luís Filipe Castro. Alexandre Monteiro. Tânia M Casimiro.

    The study, protection, and divulgation of a country’s submerged cultural heritage depends on many factors, cultural, economic, and political.  This paper describes the management model that the authors are trying to implement in Portugal, as mere citizens without any leverage near the government and the cultural authorities.