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The epigraphic stela of Montoro (Córdoba): the earliest monumental script in Iberia?

  • Leonardo García Sanjuán (a1), Marta Díaz-Guardamino (a2), David W. Wheatley (a2), Juan-Pablo Vita Barra (a3), José Antonio Lozano Rodríguez (a4), Miguel Ángel Rogerio-Candelera (a5), Ángel Justo Erbez (a6), Dominic Barker (a2), Kris Strutt (a2) and Manuel Casado Ariza (a1)...

A remarkable stela from Montoro, southern Spain, is unique in its morphology, epigraphic traits and landscape context. A programme of chemical characterisation, digital imaging, and geo-lithological and epigraphic analyses were conducted to determine its age and significance, and the results were integrated with data from archaeological investigations of the surrounding area. This multi-faceted approach allowed the stela to be interpreted within the context of early interactions between literate Mediterranean societies of the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age and non-literate Iberian societies. A key outcome of this research is a wider understanding of the complex patterns in the use and perception of early scripts.

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  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
  • URL: /core/journals/antiquity
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