Interview: Numantia - Recreating the Ancient Iberian World
RECOTechnology is a small game-developer studio based in Madrid, Spain. Their latest video game - Numantia - allows players to explore the conflicts between the ancient Iberians and ancient Romans. James Blake Wiener of Ancient History Encyclopedia...
Iberian Female Offerants
These offering bearers made from limestone are the most common type of representation found at the ancient Iberian Shrine of Cerro de los Santos (Montealegre de Castillo, Albacete) in Spain. These specimens date from the 3rd-2nd century BCE...
Late Bronze Age Iberian Bowls
These bowls are from the Late Bronze Age settlement of Axtroki (Bolibar, Excoriatza, Guipúzcoa), Spain and are made from pure gold. When they were found, one bowl was inside the other. It has recently been suggested that these pieces and...
Iberian Ram Protome
Believed to be an architectural element, specifically a corbel supporting an architrave or adorning a door jamp, this ram protome is made of limestone and dates from the 2nd-1st century BCE. It comes from Osuna (Seville), Spain. (Museo Arqueológico...
Iberian Mask of a Woman
Mass produced in moulds, objects like this mask of a woman are inspired by Sicilian and Carthaginian models. They may have been used as offerings, images of a deity from the Phoenician-Punic pantheon, or apotropaic objects for protecting...
Iberian Bull Statue
This limestone statue of a bull comes from Osuna (Seville), Spain. It dates from the late 5th century CE. It was originally abutted to a funerary monument. Bulls were protectors of tombs, symbols of masculinity, and they were also associated...
The Lady of Elche
The "Lady of Elche" or "Lady of Elx" is a masterpiece of ancient Iberian culture. Carved in the round, the sculpture represents a woman with an idealized face, richly garbed and bejeweled. Made of limestone in the late 5th-early 4th century...
The Reconquista (Reconquest) or Iberian Crusades were military campaigns largely conducted between the 11th and 13th century CE to liberate southern Portuguese and Spanish territories, then known as al-Andalus, from the Muslim Moors who had...
The Iberian Peninsula, c. 1000 CE
A map of the Iberian peninsula c. 1000 CE showing the divide between the Muslim Caliphate of Cordoba in the south and the Christian kingdoms in the north.
Interview: Korea-Japan Relations Through the Prism of Archaeology
Ancient East Asia was dominated by the three states known today as China, Japan, and Korea. The complex chain of successive kingdoms created a rich web of events that archaeologists have sometimes found difficult to disentangle; a situation...