Cambedo, 1946: carta sobre o achamento de Portugal

Translated title of the contribution: Cambedo, 1946: letter on the descovery of Portugal

Xurxo M. Ayán Vila, Rui Gomes Coelho

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Portugal ceased to have colonies in 1975, but nevertheless it still consists of colonial power relations. How can Archaeology help to deconstruct the idea of a nation state such as we find in the hegemonic narrative that shapes today's Portugal? In this article we will answer this question through a genealogical exercise in which we will juxtapose contemporary discussions about the decolonization of public space with an analysis of how the rural community of Cambedo in Trás-os-Montes has been integrated into the modern nation-state.
Translated title of the contributionCambedo, 1946: letter on the descovery of Portugal
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)63-87
Number of pages24
JournalVestígios. Revista Latino-Americana de Arqueologia Histórica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Contemporary Archaeology
  • Decolonization
  • Portugal
  • Cambedo
  • Nation State


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