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The naval dockyard at Praça D. Luís I, Lisbon (Portugal): an insight into a structure from the Age of Discovery

Author(s): Teresa Alves de Freitas ; Alexandre Sarrazola ; Marta Lacasta Macedo ; José Bettencourt

Year: 2013

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The construction of a car park near the river front of the Tagus River in Lisbon has enabled the spectacular discovery of a 17th century naval dockyard with few known parallels in Western Europe.

The archaeological excavation, conducted by an interdisciplinary team of land, nautical and underwater archaeologists, paleobotanists, dendochronologists  and geomorphologists, revealed a robust 300 square meter structure of three layers of timber frames, the third being composed of about 70 pieces of ship components, recycled during construction. The evidence recovered from the site – both material and botanical – attests to the pivotal role that Lisbon played in this period as a bustling metropolis where people and cargoes from distant places converged.  

A major multidisciplinary project is being assembled as there are many questions that need to be answered. This poster will focus on the archaeological work and data analyzed so far.


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The naval dockyard at Praça D. Luís I, Lisbon (Portugal): an insight into a structure from the Age of Discovery. Teresa Alves de Freitas, Alexandre Sarrazola, Marta Lacasta Macedo, José Bettencourt. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428562)


Temporal Keywords
Early Modern Period

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 411

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America