The Royal Decree of 1721 and the ephemeral archaeological collection of the Royal Academy of Portuguese History

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In the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755, the palace of the Dukes of Braganza collapsed and its priceless treasures were lost forever. Although the content of its archaeological collection - said to constitute the first Portuguese museum of archaeology - is almost impossible to recover in detail today, the process behind its formation can be glimpsed in the documentary record. Two main aspects have emerged in the course of the present research: on the one hand, the relevance of the Royal Decree of 1721 as a crucial moment in the history of heritage preservation in Portugal and in Europe - and also as the inspiration for the archaeological collection; and, on the other hand, the antiquarian commitment of the Marquis of Abrantes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-227
Number of pages5
JournalJournal Of The History Of Collections
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

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