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New evidence on the spatial organisation of the Valencina de la Concepción Copper Age settlement: geophysical survey between La Pastora and Montelirio

DOI: 10.3989/tp.2012.12080

Keywords: Copper Age , Iberia , Geophysics , Magnetometry , Megaliths , Negative Features , Archaelogy of management , Edad del Cobre , Iberia , Geofísica , Magnetometría , Megalitos , Estructuras Negativas , Arqueología de gestión

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The major Copper Age settlement of Valencina de la Concepción has been the subject of research interest over more than a century. The history of previous investigations at the site has resulted in a heterogeneous archaeological record that is particularly difficult and that displays significant gaps and problems. In this paper, we present the results of a geophysical survey carried out in December 2004 between the La Pastora and Montelirio sectors of this site in response to a proposed road development that was never put into practice, and which revealed several previously unknown features. These data are assessed in the light of the results obtained from the excavation carried out between 2007 and 2008 at the immediately adjacent sector of PP4-Montelirio, currently under study by us, where several dozen prehistoric features (both, non-megalithic and megalithic, funerary and non-funerary), were found. Altogether, this new evidence makes a significant contribution to the spatial interpretation of the Valencina de la Concepción site, particularly as they convey the first-ever cartography of a large area of this settlement. From this evidence, a discussion is made concerning the density and diversity of the features identified both between La Pastora and Montelirio as well as at the PP4-Montelirio sector, their potential patterns and sequence. This raises questions regarding the traditional separation of the site into ‘settlement’ and ‘necropolis’ areas and contributes more generally to a better understanding of the spatial organisation of this large prehistoric settlement. El gran asentamiento de la Edad del Cobre de Valencina de la Concepción ha sido objeto de numerosas investigaciones a lo largo de más de un siglo. Estas investigaciones han dado lugar a un registro arqueológico heterogéneo particularmente difícil de interpretar, y que presenta importantes vacíos y problemas. En este artículo se exponen los resultados de una prospección geofísica realizada en diciembre de 2004 entre los sectores de La Pastora y Montelirio en conexión con el proyecto de construcción de una carretera que finalmente nunca se llevó a cabo. Estas prospecciones revelaron numerosas estructuras previamente desconocidas. Los datos de esta prospección geofísica son valorados a la luz de los resultados obtenidos en la excavación llevada a cabo entre 2007 y 2008 en el sector inmediatamente adyacente de PP4-Montelirio, actualmente en proceso de estudio por nuestra parte, donde se identificaron varias decenas de estructuras prehistóricas (negativas no-megalíticas y megalíticas, funera

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