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

García Sanjuán, Leonardo, Diaz-Guardamino Uribe, Marta, Wheatley, David, Vita Barra, Juan-Pablo, Lozano Rodríguez, José Antonio, Rogerio-Candelera, Miguel Ángel, Justo Erbez, Ángel, Barber, Dominique, Strutt, Kristian and Casado Arize, Manuel (2017) The epigraphic stela of Montoro (Córdoba, Spain): earliest monumental script in Iberia? Antiquity, 91, (358), pp. 916-932. (doi: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 was conducted to determine its age and significance, and results 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 is a wider understanding of the complex patterns in the use and perception of early scripts.

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Accepted/In Press date: 15 August 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 August 2017
Published date: 8 August 2017
Keywords: Spain, Montoro, Torre de Villaverde, stela, epigraphy
Organisations: Archaeology


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PURE UUID: ba4b9c2f-5bdd-49a9-8c2c-ae2264fdbd86

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Date deposited: 19 May 2017 04:04
Last modified: 05 Oct 2017 16:32

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Author: Leonardo García Sanjuán
Author: David Wheatley
Author: Juan-Pablo Vita Barra
Author: José Antonio Lozano Rodríguez
Author: Miguel Ángel Rogerio-Candelera
Author: Ángel Justo Erbez
Author: Dominique Barber
Author: Kristian Strutt
Author: Manuel Casado Arize

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