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

Leonardo García Sanjuán, Marta Díaz-Guardamino, David W. Wheatley, Juan-Pablo Vita Barra, José Antonio Lozano Rodríguez, Miguel Ángel Rogerio-Candelera, Ángel Justo Erbez, Dominic Barker, Kris Strutt, Manuel Casado Ariza
  • Antiquity, August 2017, Antiquity Publications
  • DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.86

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

What is it about?

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.

Why is it important?

Contribution to the study of early literacy, early scripts, and patterns of interaction between non-literate and literate societies in the first millennium BC. Multi-disciplinary approach to the study of early scripts in Iberia and western Europe. In depth-investigation of large stone stela kept and Montoro Museum (Córdoba, Spain)

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