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This article by Carlos Carpetudo (Archaeologist and coordinator of the Morbase project) and Gonçalo Lopes (Archaeology Technician and guest researcher for the Morbase project) regards part of the pottery collection at the liability of the Grupo dos Amigos de Montemor-o-Novo.
In a complete state of ruin in the mid-20th century and before its architectural reconstruction, in its vaults the monastery of Santo António de Lisboa (better known as Saint Anthony of Padua) in Montemor-o-Novo was hiding a unique pottery collection, in a national perspective, relating to the 16th century. Due to its specificity and quantity, this collection of the Archaeology Museum of Montemor-o-Novo is a unique example for the understanding of its historical context, not only by the representation of these pieces as utilitarian objects, but also by their reuse as architectural building elements.
During the 70s, this collection would be the subject of a thorough study by Margarida Ribeiro which would also ensure its protection and preservation. Thanks to the technological means available today and the advance of the actual archaeological practice, we believe we can further deepen the public awareness towards this 16th century collection, crucial for the study of this period.
Article by Dr Francisca Mendes (Senior technician in the District Archive of Évora and researcher of CIDEHUS/University of Évora)
From the parish memories of 1758, on which the priest Pedro Botelho do Valle mentioned the existence of 28 mills and two fulling mills by the riverside of Canha, in the Municipality of Montemor-o-Novo, it was possible to catalog 27 mills and trace 26 on the field, spread throughout four parishes of the municipality.
By surveying the field after filling in all record sheets of every mill it was possible to architecturally characterize the buildings and the traditional structures of internal and external grinding, as well as changes and current state.
The main objective of this survey was to identify and study these testimonies of the milling activity so strong in this Municipality, thus contributing to the protection and preservation of their memory.