Start . 2014
Duration . 24 months
Principal Investigator . José António Bettencourt (CHAM)
Main Research Units
CHAM — Centro de Humanidades
This project intends to continue the study of the site where the main flagship of the India Run Nossa Senhora da Luz (NSL) wrecked, on the southern coast of Faial Island, at the entrance to the bay of Porto Pim, in November 1615, at the final phase of a troubled connection between the capital of the State of India and Portugal.
The archaeological site, discovered in the 1990s, occupies a broad area where ceramic materials (porcelain and stoneware), metal, ballast stones and glass objects have been found.
An integrated study of the historical and archaeological documentation is to be carried out. The archaeological documentation has so far provided data on the material culture related to the ship.
- Identification, delimitation, positioning and recording of surface traces related to the NSL wreck or other activities in the bay of Porto Pim;
- Assessment of buried archaeological remains related to NSL;
- Continuation of the historical research of the documentation related to NSL, integrated in the study of the India Run and the call in the Azores in the 18thcentury;
- Dissemination and enhancement of the underwater cultural heritage of Faial Island.
José António Bettencourt . Coordenator