Backstage of a new archaeology

Oct 24, 2019 | Chapters, Publications

Backstage of a new archaeology – ‘Invisible’ institutions in the 60s

  • Ana Cristina Martins
  • Web of Knowledge: A Look into the Past, Embracing the Future
  • Sara Albuquerque, Teresa Ferreira, Maria de Fátima Nunes, Ana Cardoso de Matos e António Candeias (Eds.)
  • 2019
  • Évora / Faro: Universidade de Évora / Sílabas & Desafios
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-989-8842-41-1
  • 121-124

The 60s were crucial for the future of archaeology in Portugal, leaded by people aware of the epistemic changes taking place abroad, speaking several languages and conscious of the need to update scientific knowledge to avoid the incidence of foreigner researchers in the territory. This was a time when a new institution – the ‘Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian’ -, together with the ‘Instituto de Alta Cultura’, began and continued to finance archaeological research in Portugal. Other institutions, such as the ‘Sociedade Martins Sarmento’ (Guimarães) and the ‘Associação dos Arqueólogos Portuguese’ (Lisbon), much contributed to the increasing number of young scholars dedicated to archaeology. Focusing on the first of these two institutions, we will recognize some actors, strategies, means, liaisons and outputs of this “transition generation” and the role it played in the modernization of archaeology in the country.

About the book:
The International Multidisciplinary Congress – Web of Knowledge: A look into the Past, embracing the Future was held by IHC-CEHFCi, HERCULES Laboratory and CIDEHUS, University of Évora and took place in Évora, Portugal, from 17 to 19 May 2018.1 The Congress brought together researchers and scientists from different backgrounds intersecting the Exact Sciences with the Social Sciences revealing the visible and invisible networks. By fostering the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the study of the past, the Congress laid the framework for the present day science on which to map the future Web of Knowledge. A high-quality scientific programme was prepared, joining together experts from different fields covering a wide range of topics from Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities to Science and Technology. As a result of the quality of the panels and debates, the Organizing Committee decided to publish a digital and open access volume with blind peer-reviewed papers. This volume publishes a total of thirty-five contributions which reflect the innovative and multidisciplinary research occurring at the moment in different fields of knowledge, promoting visibility and networks of knowledge.

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