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Research project: Ancestral Images in Iberian Landscapes

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This two-year (2011-2013) research project, which is being conducted by Dr. Marta Díaz-Guardamino and Dr. David Wheatley, is aimed at exploring the role of visual representations of people and/or things in monumental free-standing stones (‘stelae and statue-menhirs') and the ‘places' where they were located in the crafting of collective memories, identities and territories during the Bronze Age (ca. 2200-900/850 AC) in the Iberian Peninsula applying computer techniques, i.e. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), 3D Laser Scanning and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI).

As part of this research, we are coordinating, jointly with Dr. Leonardo García Sanjuán (University of Sevilla, Spain), collaborative fieldwork in the Guadalquivir Valley (Spain) with an interdisciplinary team involving researchers of the University of Seville, the University of Southampton and the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council). Last season's fieldwork has been aimed at providing enhanced contextual data and visual recording of two decorated stelae located on the sites of Mirasiviene (Seville) and Montoro (Córdoba).

prepared to be recorded with RTI and 3D laser scanning
The stela of Mirasiviene
Mirasiviene Stela
Mirasiviene pottery density
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