Anchors Through History: The Case of Lagos, Portugal.

Author(s): Joana Isabel Palma Baço

Year: 2016


Historical archaeology research has proven that Lagos bay was a mercantile hub for more than two millennia, with maritime traffic reaching as far as Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Northern Africa, and Egypt. Fishing activity in the bay, is even more ancient than maritime traffic. Our study has located and research a large collection of anchors related to this maritime activity in Lagos. We intend to present a series of typologies, including previously unknown examples and show how these contributed to our better understanding of Lagos has a maritime hub. Furthermore our study counted with the participation of volunteers in a pilot project taking in spirit and action the UNESCO convention. We also intend to show how this public participation is shaping the future of Portuguese nautical archaeology and hope to generate some discussion on similar actions around the world.

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Anchors Through History: The Case of Lagos, Portugal.. Joana Isabel Palma Baço. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434705)

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Anchors Fishing UNESCO

Geographic Keywords
PORTUGAL Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
Early modern

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): 355