New Insights into the Radiocarbon Chronology of Iberian Megalithic Societies: The tholos-type Tombs of Mojácar (Almería, Spain)

Aranda Jiménez, Gonzalo; Camalich Massieu, María Dolores; Martín Socas, Dimas; Díaz-Zorita Bonilla, Marta; Hamilton, Derek; Milesi, Lara
2020. European Journal of Archaeology doi:10.1017/eaa.2020.41
Publicado el 14/9/20


In 2012, the authors undertook a radiocarbon dating programme to explore the chronology of southern Iberian megalithic societies. Thirty new radiocarbon dates were obtained for two tholos-type tombs, Loma de Belmonte and Loma del Campo 2, and analysed within a Bayesian framework. Results are discussed in the context of the prehistoric societies of the region and four main conclusions were reached: i) in both tombs, mortuary activity started in the last century of the fourth millennium although with significant differences in their timespan; ii) funerary rituals ended in Loma de Belmonte at least five centuries later than in Loma del Campo 2; iii) the tholoi can be considered the most recent type of tomb compared to other megalithic monuments with mortuary activity beginning in the first centuries of the fourth millennium; iv) the largest and most prominent settlement of the region, Las Pilas, was closely associated with this funerary and sacred landscape.


Iberian Peninsula, radiocarbon dating, chronological modelling, funerary ritual, megalithic societies

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