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El Algar: Life in hilltop Iberian Bronze Age societies revealed in new analysis

El Algar: Life in hilltop Iberian Bronze Age societies revealed in new analysis

The El Algar society thrived in complex hilltop settlements across the Iberian Peninsula from 2200-1550 cal BCE, and gravesites and settlement layouts provide strong evidence of a marked social hierarchy. Knipper and colleagues conducted carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis at two different El Algar hilltop settlements: the large fortified urban site La Bastida (in present-day Totana, Murcia), and the smaller settlement Gatas (Turre, Almería). Their sample included remains of 75 human individuals from across social strata, 28 bones from domestic animals and wild deer, charred barley (75 grains total), and charred wheat (29 grains) from the middle and late phases of El Algar civilization across the two sites.
Source: El Algar: Life in hilltop Iberian Bronze Age societies revealed in new analysis

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