Mobile craftspeople and orientalising transculturation in seventh-century BC Iberia
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Cambridge University Press
IberiaIron ageHousehold ArchaeologyCeramic technologyXRFFemale mobility
Blanco-González, A., Padilla-Fernández, J. J., & Dorado-Alejos, A. (2023). Mobile craftspeople and orientalising transculturation in seventh-century BC Iberia. Antiquity, 97(394), 908-926.[https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2023.96]
SponsorshipSpanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (research project ARQPARENT, PID2019-104349GA-I00); Autonomous Government of Castile and Leon (grants 41/2017-SA and 21/086-SA)
During the early first millennium BC, Phoenician peoples settled the Iberian coasts instigating cultural innovations known as the orientalising; indigenous communities of the interior have long been considered as passively dependent on, or isolated from, these developments. Recent excavations at the Early Iron Age village of Cerro de San Vicente in central Spain, however, have yielded domestic contexts that prompt reconsideration of this relationship. The authors use settlement layout, architecture and locally made tablewares to identify heterarchical organisation around virilocal and bilateral kinship and hybrid practices that attest to adoption of know-how and practices from distant places. Emphasis is placed on the role of embodied craftworking skills and female mobility in transculturation processes.