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

García Sanjuán, Leonardo, Diaz-Guardamino Uribe, Marta ORCID:, Wheatley, David W., Vita Barra, Juan-Pablo, Lozano Rodríguez, José Antonio, Rogerio-Candelera, Miguel Ángel, Justo Erbez, Ángel, Barker, Dominic, Strutt, Kris and Casado Ariza, Manuel 2017. The epigraphic stela of Montoro (Córdoba): the earliest monumental script in Iberia? Antiquity 91 (358) , pp. 916-932. 10.15184/aqy.2017.86

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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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Antiquity Publications
ISSN: 0003-598X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 September 2017
Date of Acceptance: 15 August 2016
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 13:37

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