Emblems and spaces of power during the Argaric Bronze Age at La Almoloya, Murcia

Vicente Lull, Cristina Rihuete Herrada, Roberto Risch, Bárbara Bonora, Eva Celdrán-Beltrán, Maria Inés Fregeiro, Claudia Molero, Adrià Moreno, Carlos Velasco-Felipe, Lourdes Andúgar Martínez, Wolfgang Haak, Vanessa Villalba-Mouco, Rafael Micó Pérez, Camila Oliart Caravatti

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Abstract

The recent discovery of an exceptionally rich grave at La Almoloya in south-eastern Spain illuminates the political context of Early Bronze Age El Argar society. The quantity, variety and opulence of the grave goods emphasise the technological, economic and social dimensions of this unique culture. The assemblage includes politically and ideologically emblematic objects, among which a silver diadem stands out. Of equally exceptional character is the building under which the grave was found - possibly one of the first Bronze Age palaces identified in Western Europe. The architecture and artefacts from La Almoloya provide new insight into emblematic individuals and the exercise of power in societies of marked economic asymmetry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-348
Number of pages20
JournalAntiquity
Volume95
Issue number380
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Bronze Age
  • El Argar
  • Spain
  • gender archaeology
  • object theory

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