Since the mid-1970s, when isolationist dictatorships ended in Spain and Portugal, the Iberian Peninsula has seen a flood of archaeological projects that have changed the ways that scholars and the public understand the cultural mosaic of the region's prehistory.
Until now, no one has tied together in one English-language book all of the threads of knowledge that this boom has created, including extensive evidence of Neanderthal/human interaction and new understanding of the artistic expression, extensive travel and trade, and religious and mythological beliefs of the Peninsula's ancient inhabitants.
That dearth of integrated scholarship on the subject is about to change, thanks to a $50,400 Fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities received by Katina Lillios, Professor of Anthropology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Lillios will use the grant to conduct research for a new book, Archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula: From the Paleolithic through the Bronze Age, under contract with Cambridge University Press for completion in 2018.
The book will document the rich and diverse histories of the peoples who lived on the Peninsula between one million and 3,000 years ago (the Bronze Age), through their art, burials, tools, and monuments. It will explore their cultural patterns—such as social life, art, religious practices, and economies—as well as the histories of key sites.
Lillios, who joined the UI faculty in 2003, is recognized internationally as a leading expert on the topic. She has conducted research and archaeological fieldwork in Portugal and Spain for over 30 years, and has taught a long-running class titled "Archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula" in the UI Department of Anthropology. She has published widely, including five books and numerous articles and book chapters; directed excavations; and conducted collaborative projects involving fieldwork, museum studies, and experimental archaeology.
About the NEH
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.
—Story by Nic Arp