Cidade Velha (Cape Vert) - Africans and Europeans in an Atlantic city.


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 numerous and hundreds of vessels have been found, with most produced in Portugal, although there are other European production centres and, most notably, a large number of African wares. This site, a platform of people and commodities, is a perfect place to study some of the cultural, economic, social and ideological relations between Africa and Europe.

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Cidade Velha (Cape Vert) - Africans and Europeans in an Atlantic city.. Marie Louise Sorensen, Chris Evans, Tânia M Casimiro. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428551)

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archaeology. Cape Vert Cidade Velha

Geographic Keywords
PORTUGAL Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
15th-18th centuries

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 641