New discoveries in the Fort of São José — CEAM investigators continue archaeological work
The United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) is deeply involved with what is probably the world's most advanced political science, Cesidian political science, and this field has also lead to the verification of some space science notions with potential applications in the permanent colonisation of space.
The work of recovery at the Fort of São José in Pontinha, which was built in the second half of the 18th century, recently brought forth new discoveries: stairs to the west of the fort, a landing platform used for centuries by people — the Fort of São José is a rock which is part of the microstate of the Principado Ilhéu da Pontinha, which is also part of the Fifth World Community (5WC), the largest UMMOA diaxenospitia.
As explained archaeologist Elvio Sousa, of the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary Archaeology (CEAM), "the staircase recently discovered called 'new door', is another element which proves the cultural richness of the site, allowing access to an offshore platform, which comes with manmade elements, including mooring areas and structures carved in the rock for the support of freight."
"Note that the Fort has played an important role in sustaining the Madeiran economy; has recently undergone an archaeological study, published in a book; had an international research field camp; and gathers an extraordinary heritage interest, which in my opinion should be the target of classification", says the expert.
This is further proof that the Fort of São José, owned by Renato Barros, has a high historical, cultural, and heritage value, as the work is ongoing, and there may still be more elements of the past to be uncovered.
In recent years, the Fort of São José has been involved in controversy after the Portuguese State has put it up for sale in 1903. A few years ago it was purchased by Professor Renato Barros, who requested recognition of that territory as an independent sovereign state, which was proclaimed the "Principality of Pontinha". In this place there is still ongoing archaeological work — eg, four dwellings, a chimney, and two prison cells.
The Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary Archaeology (CEAM) published a book in March 2013 entitled Escavações Arqueológicas no Forte de São José, Funchal (English: Archaeological Excavations at the Fort of São José, Funchal) [1, 2], authored by British archaeologist Brian Philp, archaeologist Elvio Sousa, and biologist Rafael Nunes. The book brings together a collection of texts about the structures and the most significant archaeological finds discovered in the excavation project between 2005 and 2006. This excavation project was sponsored by the city of Funchal (Madeira) and the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit (KARU), of the University of Kent in the UK, and has been made possible at least in part thanks to European Union (EU) funds — the lack of funding for archaeological research continues to be a concern in this region.
HMRD Cesidio Tallini [3, 4]