Landscape construction and time reckoning in Iron Age Celtic Iberia

  • A. César González-García Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio, Incipit-CSIC http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1831-8562
  • Marco V. García Quintela Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
  • Juan A. Belmonte Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Keywords: archaeoastronomy, cultural astronomy, calendars, Celtic Spain

Abstract

In this paper, we report on three areas of the Iberian Peninsula that were occupied at least during the Iron Age and the early stages of Romanisation, where observations of astronomical phenomena in the landscape, rock carvings, and Latin inscriptions point to a particular method of time reckoning. All of these sites have previously been connected with the Celtic culture. The knowledge of the natural world that Classical sources assigned to these peoples need not have been reflected in a monolithic calendrical system used by all Celtic communities on the Continent. In fact, such a ‘Celtic calendar’ may have had different expressions in different areas, expressed in different ways, although sharing some common characteristics such as the particual use of the lunar and solar cycles.

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Author Biographies

Marco V. García Quintela, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Departamento de Historia I, Professor.
Juan A. Belmonte, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Coordinador de Proyectos
Published
2016-12-30
How to Cite
González-GarcíaA. C., García QuintelaM. V., & BelmonteJ. A. (2016). Landscape construction and time reckoning in Iron Age Celtic Iberia. Documenta Praehistorica, 43, 479-498. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.43.25
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