Megalithism and identity dialogues

texts, contexts and pretexts

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Abstract

Since at least the medieval time that the megalithic structures have aroused curiosity and pretexted various theories around its construction and functio- nality. With the beginning of the formative process of the ‘nation-states’, they became particularly interesting in visually marking the territory and referring to a certain pre-Roman ancestry. A preterit that was reinforced already in the 19th century, in reaction to the Napoleonic political project that legitimized subsequent national and regional identity affirmations. Portugal was no exception, not so much for the political assertion as for the need felt by the pioneers of archaeology in the country to fit into the ‘state of the art’ of European research regarding prehistoric archaeology. From then on, this theme no longer went beyond its horizons, but rather strengthened according to the prevalence of personal (rather than institutional) agendas. We will therefore proceed to a very brief analysis of some of the contexts that in Portugal have pretexted the production of texts on megalithic structures, from the end of the 19th century to the 3rd Archaeological Conference of the Association of Portuguese Archaeologists (1977).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDe Gibraltar aos Pirinéus.
Subtitle of host publicationMegalitismo, vida e morte na fachada atlântica peninsular
Place of PublicationNelas
PublisherFundação Lapa do Lobo
Pages21-35
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-989-98163-5-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventDe Gibraltar aos Pirinéus - Nelas, Portugal
Duration: 2 Nov 20184 Nov 2018

Conference

ConferenceDe Gibraltar aos Pirinéus
CountryPortugal
CityNelas
Period2/11/184/11/18

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Megalithism
Archaeology
Portugal
Regional Identity
Functionality
Affirmation
Ancestry
Archaeologists
Preterit
Curiosity
National Identity
Nation-state
Agenda
Prehistoric Archaeology
Pioneers
Napoleon Bonaparte
Medieval Period

Keywords

  • History of Archeology
  • Megalithism
  • Portugal

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Martins, A. C. (2018). Megalithism and identity dialogues: texts, contexts and pretexts. In De Gibraltar aos Pirinéus. : Megalitismo, vida e morte na fachada atlântica peninsular (pp. 21-35). Nelas: Fundação Lapa do Lobo.
Martins, Ana Cristina. / Megalithism and identity dialogues : texts, contexts and pretexts. De Gibraltar aos Pirinéus. : Megalitismo, vida e morte na fachada atlântica peninsular. Nelas : Fundação Lapa do Lobo, 2018. pp. 21-35
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Martins, AC 2018, Megalithism and identity dialogues: texts, contexts and pretexts. in De Gibraltar aos Pirinéus. : Megalitismo, vida e morte na fachada atlântica peninsular. Fundação Lapa do Lobo, Nelas, pp. 21-35, De Gibraltar aos Pirinéus, Nelas, Portugal, 2/11/18.

Megalithism and identity dialogues : texts, contexts and pretexts. / Martins, Ana Cristina.

De Gibraltar aos Pirinéus. : Megalitismo, vida e morte na fachada atlântica peninsular. Nelas : Fundação Lapa do Lobo, 2018. p. 21-35.

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Martins AC. Megalithism and identity dialogues: texts, contexts and pretexts. In De Gibraltar aos Pirinéus. : Megalitismo, vida e morte na fachada atlântica peninsular. Nelas: Fundação Lapa do Lobo. 2018. p. 21-35