Geophysical Survey of Iberian Sites (AICO 2020/250)

The team at Campo de Herrerías site (Valencia) during a field visit on 5th March 2021. Photo/David Quixal.

At the beginning of 2021, our proposal 'GEOIbers' was selected for funding by the Conselleria de Innovación, Universidades, Ciencia y Sociedad Digital (Generalitat Valenciana, Spain). We decided to put this project together after the promising results we obtained from a small magnetometer survey we carried out at the site of the Iberian oppidum of Kelin (Caudete de las Fuentes, Valencia) in 2013.

GEOIbers focuses on the investigation of three types of Iberian sites (settlements, metal-production and necropolises) using geophysical methods (i.e. magnetometry and ground-penetrating radar) and photogrammetry. The objective is to detect remains of buried structures related to semi-excavated oppida to complete urban layouts, locate unknown smelting ovens related to craft centers, and characterise hidden Iberian funerary landscapes.

This is a research collaboration between the University of Valencia (Consuelo Mata-Parreño-Project Manager, Agustín Díez Castillo, David Quixal), the University of Castilla La Mancha (Lucía Soria), and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology-NTNU, University Museum (Carmen Cuenca-García). We are currently recruiting a research assistant to join the team and hope to carry out the bulk of the fieldwork in November 2021.

Poster presentation at the UISPP2014_Burgos of the results of the magnetometer survey conducted in 2013 that motivated GEOIbers.