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A burial site found in Spain — described by archaeologists as one of the most lavish bronze age graves discovered to date in Europe — has sparked speculation that women may have been among the rulers of a highly stratified society that flourished on the Iberian peninsula until BC. Sincea team of more than a dozen researchers have been investigating the site of La Almoloya in the southern Spanish region of Murcia. Home to the El Argar, a society that was among the first to utilise bronze, build complex urban centres and develop into a state organisation, the site is part of a vast territory that at its peak stretched across 35, sq km.Womens High Jump Final - Spanish Athletics - LXVII U20 Championships
Buried with them were 29 valuable objects, nearly all of them belonging to the female, believed to be between 25 and 30 years of age. Among the exquisitely crafted items were bracelets, rings and a rare type of crown, known as a diadem.
In total grams of silver were found at the burial site — an amount that at the time would have been worth the equivalent of daily wages. The prominent role women may have played in the society is echoed in other finds at El Argar; similar diadems were found at four other female burial sites while gravesites of women were later used for the burials of elite warriors, suggesting these sites were viewed as places of high status.
What made this most recent find unique was its location beneath what could be the first bronze age palace unearthed in the region. Men were probably the warriors of society, as suggested by the swords found at several male burial sites, said Roberto Risch of Autonomous University of Barcelona.Hiking in an abandoned Village / My Nomadic Vanlife Spain 2021
The society, which thrived from BC onwards, was highly organised with a wealthy elite that was probably sustained by some sort of tax system. This article is more than 4 months old.
La Almoloya, in Murcia, southern Spain, home to the El Argar, a society among the first to use bronze. Photograph: Cambridge University Press. Ashifa Kassam in Madrid. Thu 11 Mar Islamic 12th-century bathhouse uncovered in Seville tapas bar.
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