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A Perspective on Late Iron Age Women in the Iberian Northern Meseta

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/08/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>European Journal of Archaeology
Issue number3
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)396 - 415
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date3/02/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The Late Iron Age has traditionally been portrayed as an age of swords, Celtic-patterned shields, and bronze cauldrons, a time of warfare, banquets, and raids, mostly starring male warriors. But what do we know about the rest of the population, especially women? Is it possible, based on the same data, to uncover an alternative narrative that includes women? This article focuses on the northern Meseta of Iberia, an area with a long research tradition, in which women are almost invisible in accounts of the Iron Age. Drawing on a range of archaeological and textual evidence, this study brings the roles of women to the forefront, offering a critique of traditional research discourses and a discussion on how Iron Age societies worked from a gender-inclusive perspective.