Portuguese finds in Velha Goa

Author(s): Brian Wilson

Year: 2013


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 spaces.  This paper will present the initial findings from a detailed surface survey that incorporates a cross section of urban spaces and focuses on the variation in material culture and spatial practice across the city.  These data will help to clarify how the Portuguese influence on this already cosmopolitan trading center was just one of many factors that worked to shape a uniquely Goan culture.

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Portuguese finds in Velha Goa. Brian Wilson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428547)

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Geographic Keywords
PORTUGAL Western Europe

Spatial Coverage

min long: -28.549; min lat: 32.638 ; max long: -6.19; max lat: 42.151 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 294