The Islamic Lives of Iberian Megaliths

Authors

  • Katina T Lillios University of Iowa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jia.23647

Keywords:

Al-Andalus, megaliths, memory, nationalism

Abstract

Modernist archaeology involves the dating and ordering of events, construction phases, objects, people, or processes in well-bounded and discrete sequences. The notion that objects or monuments date to one time or one cultural phase, however, is problematic, particularly in the case of large stone monuments, such as megaliths, whose construction and use are generally dated to the Neolithic, between 6000 and 2500 BCE. This paper examines the methodological challenges of such work and surveys what the archaeological record reveals about the nature of Andalusi engagements with megaliths.

Author Biography

Katina T Lillios, University of Iowa

Katina Lillios is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa. Her interests center on the ways that people use material culture, monuments, and the remains of the dead to shape their lives, identities, and memory, and her fieldwork has focused on the ancient peoples of the Iberian Peninsula. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula: From the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Heraldry for the Dead: Memory, Identity, and the Engraved Stone Plaques of Neolithic Iberia (University of Texas Press, 2008).

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Published

2022-09-12

How to Cite

Lillios, K. T. (2022). The Islamic Lives of Iberian Megaliths. Journal of Islamic Archaeology, 9(1), 105–120. https://doi.org/10.1558/jia.23647

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