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Late prehistoric stelae, persistent places and connected worlds: a multi-disciplinary review of the evidence at Almargen (lands of Antequera, Spain)

Late prehistoric stelae, persistent places and connected worlds: a multi-disciplinary review of the evidence at Almargen (lands of Antequera, Spain)
Late prehistoric stelae, persistent places and connected worlds: a multi-disciplinary review of the evidence at Almargen (lands of Antequera, Spain)
This paper examines how monuments with ‘local’ idiosyncrasies are key in processes of place-making and how, through persistence, such places can engage in supra-local and even ‘global’ dynamics. Departing from a detailed revision of its context, materiality, and iconography, we show how a remarkable Iberian ‘warrior stela’ brings together the geostrategic potential of a unique site, located literally between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic worlds, the century-long dialogue between shared and local identities and the power of connectivity of inexorable global processes. Previous approaches to Iberian late prehistoric stelae have had problems in developing bottom-up, theoretically informed and empirically-sound approaches to their simultaneously local and supralocal character. The remarkable site of Almargen provides the opportunity to explore this issue. Located in Lands of Antequera (Malaga), a region with a strong tradition of landscape-making through monuments going back to the Late Neolithic, the Almargen ‘warrior stela’ serves us to explore the notion of ‘glocalisation’, which embodies persistent local engagements with material culture, sites and landscapes on the one hand, and their connections with wider regional and even ‘global’ worlds on the other.
Warrior stela, Late Prehistory, Placemaking, Persistent place, Glocalisation, Iberia, Chaine operatoire, Digital Imaging, Petrography, Archaeology, Rock Art, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Spain
0959-7743
69-96
Diaz-Guardamino Uribe, Marta M
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Garcia Sanjuan, Leonardo
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Wheatley, David W.
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Diaz-Guardamino Uribe, Marta M, Garcia Sanjuan, Leonardo, Wheatley, David W., Lozano Rodríguez, José Antonio and Rogerio-Candelera, Miguel Ángel (2020) Late prehistoric stelae, persistent places and connected worlds: a multi-disciplinary review of the evidence at Almargen (lands of Antequera, Spain). Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 30 (1), 69-96. (doi:10.1017/S0959774319000490).

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This paper examines how monuments with ‘local’ idiosyncrasies are key in processes of place-making and how, through persistence, such places can engage in supra-local and even ‘global’ dynamics. Departing from a detailed revision of its context, materiality, and iconography, we show how a remarkable Iberian ‘warrior stela’ brings together the geostrategic potential of a unique site, located literally between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic worlds, the century-long dialogue between shared and local identities and the power of connectivity of inexorable global processes. Previous approaches to Iberian late prehistoric stelae have had problems in developing bottom-up, theoretically informed and empirically-sound approaches to their simultaneously local and supralocal character. The remarkable site of Almargen provides the opportunity to explore this issue. Located in Lands of Antequera (Malaga), a region with a strong tradition of landscape-making through monuments going back to the Late Neolithic, the Almargen ‘warrior stela’ serves us to explore the notion of ‘glocalisation’, which embodies persistent local engagements with material culture, sites and landscapes on the one hand, and their connections with wider regional and even ‘global’ worlds on the other.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2 July 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 30 October 2019
Published date: February 2020
Keywords: Warrior stela, Late Prehistory, Placemaking, Persistent place, Glocalisation, Iberia, Chaine operatoire, Digital Imaging, Petrography, Archaeology, Rock Art, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Spain

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/434520
ISSN: 0959-7743
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Last modified: 18 Feb 2020 17:30

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Author: Leonardo Garcia Sanjuan
Author: José Antonio Lozano Rodríguez
Author: Miguel Ángel Rogerio-Candelera

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