Journal of Maritime Archaeology

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 143–157

Maritime Cultural Landscape: A New Approach to the Cascais Coastline

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11457-013-9122-4

Cite this article as:
Freire, J.V. J Mari Arch (2014) 9: 143. doi:10.1007/s11457-013-9122-4


Portuguese Archaeology only recently began to address the concept of maritime cultural landscape. In this article we intend to analyze the impact that this kind of approach has upon the study of a littoral characterized by a cliffed coast and a seafloor that is morphologically complicated by the estuary influences of the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River. The coast of Cascais, located near Lisbon, is the space that we wish to address with this epistemological paradigm. A large spectrum of sites composed of fortresses, lighthouses, harbors, anchorages, and shipwrecks permits a longue durée examination. The relationships and networks between humans and archaeological remains, directly and indirectly linked to the nautical past, are observed diachronically with a focus on the early Modern Period.


Maritime cultural landscape Coastal archaeology Portugal Cascais 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Historia de Alem-MarUniversidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) and Universidade dos Açores (UAç)LisbonPortugal

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