The Iberian enigma
Who were and where did the Iberians come from? How were they territorially and socially organized? How did they live? What language or languages did they speak?
Metro: L1 (Red) - Espanya
L3 (Green) - Espanya and Poble Sec
This exhibition was created with the aim of making available to everyone the most updated knowledge of the Iberian civilization, one of the most important of the European Iron Age. Under the new perspective of the latest research and the Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya (MAC Barcelona), the aim is to disseminate: the history and culture of the so-called Iberian peoples who lived on the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula between the 6th and 1st centuries BC.
The Iberian civilization was worthy of the attention of some Greco-Latin historians, but fell into oblivion until the 17th century when the study of its language was undertaken and later, at the end of the 19th century, archaeological discoveries were once again the object of general attention, but not without being surrounded by some controversy.
Pieces such as the Dama de Elche have become popular icons, but now archaeology allows us to delve deeper into this group of peoples, established between the Gulf of León and the southeastern part of the peninsula, to address their essential features and their diversity of expressions.
Consequently, the exhibition aims to explain a new look at the Iberian culture and these peoples, a subject of study and debate still alive with unknowns yet to be discovered, with emphasis on the communities rooted in the current Catalan territory.