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Iberians

<p>The Iberians The indigenous settlements of Catalonia Iberian civilisation developed in Catalonia between the 6th and the 2nd centuries BC.</p>

The Iberians The indigenous settlements of Catalonia Iberian civilisation developed in Catalonia between the 6th and the 2nd centuries BC.

The Iberians did not come out of nowhere, nor did they emerge overnight. As from the 6th century BC, stimulated and influenced by their contacts with Phoenicians and Greeks, the indigenous people of the eastern Iberian Peninsula and beyond the Pyrenees began to develop towards new social, economic and cultural forms that would characterise them as an autochthonous civilisation: complex urban planning, widespread iron working, social stratification, an indigenous written language and a network of contacts and exchange with Mediterranean peoples. Despite theapparent family air that at first sight seemed to characterise the Iberians, Iberian civilisation was neither uniform nor homogeneous.

This section exhibits materials from this civilisation that existed over 2,500 years ago (6th -1st century BC) including the silver “treasure” from the settlement at Castellet de Banyoles (Tivissa).

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<p>Terracotta Cernos from Bordissal (Camarles) Dated between the 4th and 2nd centuries BC</p>
Cernos
Cernos
<p>Ritual bowl or plate from Castellet de Banyoles (Tivissa) Dated between 250/225 and 195 BC</p>
Butcher’s bowl
Butcher’s bowl
<p>Miniature amphora from Tur&oacute; de la Rovira (Barcelona) Dated between the 4th and 2nd centuries BC</p>
Iberian amphora
Iberian amphora
<p>Ceramic pot dating from the 3rd century BC from the south east of the Iberian Peninsula</p>
Iberian pot
Iberian pot
<p>Iberian lady from an unknown site in Murcia Dated between the 4th -2nd centuries BC</p>
Iberian lady
Iberian lady
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