Hillforts, rocks and warriors

Breaking boundaries with the past, building boundaries with the present

  • Javier Rodriguez-Corral University of Oxford; Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
Keywords: Iron Age, iconography, liminality


During the Late Iron Age, monumental stone statues of warriors were established in the northwest of Iberia, ‘arming’ landscapes that ultimately encouraged specific types of semiotic ideologies in the region. This paper deals with how these statues on rocks not only worked in the production of liminality in the landscape – creating transitional zones on it –, but also how they functioned as liminal gateways to the past, absorbing ideas from the Bronze Age visual culture up to the Late Iron Age one, in order to create emotional responses to a new socio-political context.


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Rodriguez-CorralJ. (2018). Hillforts, rocks and warriors. Documenta Praehistorica, 45, 154-165. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.45.12