Bronze age palace and grave goods discovered at the archaeological site of La Almoloya in Pliego, Mu

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Archaeologists from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have discovered a palatial construction with an audience hall which makes up the
first specifically political precincts built in continental Europe. A prince’s tomb in the subsoil contains the largest amount of grave goods from the
Bronze Age existing in the Iberian Peninsula. Some of the most outstanding items include a silver diadem of great scientific and patrimonial value,
the only one conserved from that era in Spain, as well as four golden and silver ear dilators.
Excavations conducted in August by the researchers of the UAB’s Department of Prehistory Vicente Lull, Cristina Huete, Rafael Micó y Roberto Risch
have made evident the unique archaeological wealth of La Almoloya site, located in Pliego, Murcia. The site was the cradle of the “El Argar”
civilisation which lived in the south-eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula during the Bronze Age.
La Almoloya is located on a steep plateau which dominated an extensive region. This strategic and privileged position gave way to over six centuries
of occupation, from 2200 to1550 before our common era. The site was discovered in 1944 by Emeterio Cuadrado and Juan de la Cierva.
The findings indicate that La Almoloya was a primary centre of politics and wealth within the political territory of El Argar — located a few hundred
kilometres to the south in Almeria — and sheds new light on the politics and gender relations in one of the first urban societies of the West.
A Palatial Building and new Argaric Style
The discoveries made by the archaeological team include an urban tissue made up of fully equipped buildings, as well as dozens of tombs, most of them
including grave goods. According to archaeologists, this urban tissue, as well as the solidity and mastery of the construction techniques, are unique
samples of prehistoric constructions in continental Europe.
The excavations indicate that the La Almoloya plateau, of 3,800 metres square, was densely populated and included several residential complexes of
some 300 square metres, with eight to twelve rooms in each residence.
The buildings’ walls were constructed with stones and argamasa, and covered with layers of mortar. Some parts contain stucco decorated with geometric
and naturalistic motifs, a novelty which represents the discovery of an Argaric artistic style.…

Klik^ for much more life may have been much more sophisticated in Bronze age Iberia than previously thought I didn’t see any exact date maybe they
will give it later.

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