Archaeological research carried out during the last decades in the Southeast of the Iberian Peninsula has allowed us to gain a better understanding of the social structures of the Copper and Bronze Ages. As in other parts of the Old World, the question about the importance of metallurgy for the economic and political development of society also rises in this region, well known for its rich ore deposits. After a general introduction into the so called Los Millares and El Argar cultures and the forces of production implied in metal working, the relations of production and consumption through which metal circulated are confronted. Hereby it becomes manifest how far the economic organisation of metallurgy and the political structure of society were mutually related.
|Translated title of the contribution||Metal and social relations of production in the 3 rd and 2 nd millennia BCE in the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula|
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Trabajos de Prehistoria|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|