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Route of the Iberians in Castile-La Mancha

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  • Dove from El Amarejo, currently in the Albacete Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Dove from El Amarejo, currently in the Albacete Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

  • Albacete Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Albacete Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

  • The La Losa horse. Iberian sculpture in the Albacete Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    The La Losa horse. Iberian sculpture in the Albacete Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

  • Horseman No. 1 from Los Villares. Iberian sculpture in the Albacete Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Horseman No. 1 from Los Villares. Iberian sculpture in the Albacete Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

  

Iberians in La Mancha

A tour of the area of Castile-La Mancha in search of the Iberian culture includes two important archaeological sites located in the provinces of Albacete and Ciudad Real: the settlement of El Amarejo and the Iberian city of Cerro de las Cabezas. A visit to these sites will reveal numerous details about the structure of the cities, how they organised their defence and the daily life of their inhabitants.

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The archaeological site of Cerro de las Cabezas is a landmark of Iberian culture for various reasons: the monumental character of its defensive systems, the excellent state of conservation of its archaeological remains, and also because it is one of the few Iberian cities which has come down to our days in one piece. It is located near Valdepeñas, a little over 62 kilometres from Ciudad Real. A visit to the tourist office in the town will provide all the information you need about how to reach the site and the availability of guided tours.

Once there, you can see an ensemble of ramparts, walls, circular towers and drainage systems which were built throughout the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C., and you can also observe how the town layout was arranged around primary and secondary axes to form various neighbourhoods and blocks of houses. The houses show the different types of flooring used and the materials utilised in the construction of walls and roofs.
 

Beside the site is the Visitor Centre. By means of a series of interactive and audiovisual materials, informative panels and models you can learn all about the culture of the Iberians, and the development and the evolution of the settlement of Cerro de las Cabezas.

The Iberian settlement of El Amarejo is another point of interest. It can be reached by travelling 50 kilometres from the city of Albacete to the town of Bonete, and then heading towards the south of the town towards the crossroads with Montealegre del Castillo. The archaeological site is easy to see because it is located on the top of a hill.

Findings from this site include structures which have been identified as beer ovens, and a well excavated out of the rock dating from between the 4th and 2nd centuries B.C., which has revealed numerous objects which were cast in as offerings. Also found were pieces of precious metalwork, utensils and materials made of wood, bone and ivory which are on display today in the Albacete Museum.
 

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