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The Empire Reloaded: Portuguese archaeology, lusotropicalism and the new age of discovery

Author(s): Rui Gomes Coelho

Year: 2014

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Portuguese historical archaeologies (locally known as «post-medieval» or «modern») emerged in the 1990s as part of the academic diversification of the discipline and the rise of CRM projects in urban areas. Since late 1990s new generations of archaeologists have been committed to this sub-field, producing an increasing number of theses, dissertations, publications and international projects. However, much of the intellectual effort put in the sub-field is strongly attached to culture-history notions of the past and embedded of nationalist concepts, the so-called lusotropicalism. In this paper I will examine the development of historical archaeology among Portuguese archaeologists and look at how it is contributing to the recreation of nationalist narratives in the context of the European economic crisis.


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The Empire Reloaded: Portuguese archaeology, lusotropicalism and the new age of discovery. Rui Gomes Coelho. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436616)


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