Pre and Protohistory of Portugal
Cod: 31102
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: History
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit studies the long time gap from the first evidence of human presence in Portuguese territory to the end of Iron Age, dating back to the last two centuries of the 1st millennium B.C.

  1. Prehistory
  2. Protohistory
  3. Archaelogy
  4. History

In the end, students are expected to have acquired both specific and enlarged knowledge about the pre and protohistorical human past of Portuguese territory, from the Lower Archaic Palaeolithic, dated more than a million years, to the end of the Iron Age, around the 2nd century B.C. Throughout their learning, students should acknowledge the most significant periods and artefacts, from which they will develop their ideas about the economy, society and culture of these populations

From the Lower Neolithic to the end of the Chalcolithic. The evolution of material culture, social, economic and cultural aspects: the emergence of metallurgy and social complexity; the funeral habits. The Megalithism. Artistic displays. The Bronze Age and the emphasis of regionalisms. The settlement, economy and society. The funeral world. Aspects of material culture: the bronze metallurgy and jewellery. Transregional relations in Upper Bronze: the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

Cardoso, J. L. (2007) -  Pré-História de Portugal, Lisboa:  Universidade Aberta, 527p.
During the semester texts will be provided .


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.