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Deciphering the Iberian-Tartesian Language

  • J. Alonso-García
  • María J. Castro
  • J. Martínez-Laso
  • A. Arnaiz-Villena

Abstract

Many unearthed artefacts have been turning up throughout most of the Iberian Peninsula, such as coins, lead tablets, ceramic pieces, tombstones and bronze artefacts, with inscriptions in an unknown alphabet i.e. in Iberian-Tartesian. Scholars have put forward many theories about these inscriptions, including allusions to peoples such as the Vikings for their resemblance to ‘Runic’ signs, or to the Persian, possible magicians’ spells, etc. With the arrival of the Renaissance and its strong surge of intellectual curiosity, Greco-Roman literature came into scrutiny. It contained information and references to some of the pre-Roman civilisations of the Iberian Peninsula. Polybius, Strabo, Livy, Columela and Pliny wrote many anecdotes on these peoples, their wars, their contribution to the Punic Wars, their mythology, etc, which the Spanish scholars soon took in. Nonetheless, one could say without straying too far from the truth, that knowledge on these cultures continued in a state of limbo until well into modem times.

Keywords

English Translation Iberian Peninsula Basque Country Phonetic Transcription Bronze Artefact 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Alonso-García
    • 1
  • María J. Castro
    • 2
  • J. Martínez-Laso
    • 2
  • A. Arnaiz-Villena
    • 2
  1. 1.Fundación de Estudios Genéticos y LingüísticosMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology, Hospital 12 de OctubreUniversidad ComplutenseMadridSpain

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