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15-04-19, 20:45
This awaited exhibition on Campaniforme is already open at the Regional Archaeological Museum of the Community of Madrid, located in Alcalá de Henares
We attended the opening of the exhibition ¡A toast for the prince! The Campaniform Glass in the interior of the Iberian Peninsula (2500 - 2000 BC), and has left us fascinated. The exhibition gathers very interesting pieces from different institutions, and exposes interesting findings from outstanding sites such as Humanejos (Parla, Madrid), the Necropolis of the Higueras Valley (Huecas, Toledo) or the Espartinas saltworks (Ciempozuelos, Madrid) among many others . A journey through the life and death of the communities that manufactured and used the famous bell-shaped vessels from Central Europe to the British Isles.

Publication date
April 15, 2019
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Regional Archaeological Museum
agenda, exhibitions, campaniform, regional archaeological museum, alcala de henares, prehistory, calcolítico

Visit the exhibition

'A toast to the prince! The Campaniform Vase in the interior of the Iberian Peninsula (2500 - 2000 BC) 'can be visited until September 29, 2019 at the headquarters of the Regional Archaeological Museum of the Community of Madrid (Plaza de las Bernardas s / n , Alcalá de Henares). Access is free. The opening hours of the exhibition are the same as those of the museum:

From Tuesday to Saturday: from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Access to the Museum is allowed until 6:45 p.m.)
Sundays and holidays: from 11 am to 3 pm (Access to the Museum is allowed until 2:45 pm)
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The Campaniform, that phenomenon that we do not yet understand as a whole, that began to be glimpsed more than 100 years ago through archeology, and that we are still discovering. Important findings in recent years in the Community of Madrid have led to this important synthesis in the form of an exhibition produced by the Regional Archaeological Museum of the Community of Madrid and curated by Germán Delibes and Elisa Guerra (University of Valladolid).

It is a very complete sample, which begins with the first interventions in which this cultural complex begins to be identified. Among the large number of pieces borrowed by other institutions we can see spectacular pieces belonging to the Royal Academy of History and that come from the well-known site of Cuesta de la Reina, in the Madrid town of Ciempozuelos. Precisely the pieces recovered there gave rise to the definition of Campaniforme 'type Ciempozuelos'.

We can also contemplate the continental scope of the phenomenon, the extent of which has been the subject of heated discussions about whether it is linked to population invasions / movements or is due to cultural contacts. A large genetic study published last year proposed as a conclusion that for the most part its dissemination would have occurred through cultural exchanges.


The vast majority of the most representative elements of the Campaniform come from funerary contexts, so they seem linked to some belief system. Interventions in the last decades in deposits such as Humanejos (Parla, Madrid) or Valle de las Higueras (Huecas, Toledo) have allowed us to recover spectacular ceramic assemblies, accompanied by elements of copper, gold, or ivory, which do not stop Underline the high status of buried people.

The detailed study of the interior of the bell-shaped vessels located in these burials has revealed that in many cases they contained alcoholic beverages such as beer or mead, which would have played some role in the funeral rite associated with these burials.

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The detailed study of the interior of the bell-shaped vessels located in these burials has revealed that in many cases they contained alcoholic beverages such as beer or mead, which would have played some role in the funeral rite associated with these burials.

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The exhibition has a large number of pieces from different sources beyond the Community of Madrid. We can see a funeral trousseau with elements related to metallurgy from the Czech Republic, the gold embossed ribbon recovered in Quinta da Água Branca (Portugal) or another with an interesting set of flint arrowheads and a recovered amber bead in Inverness (United Kingdom). We also find important collections from Castilla y León, both in funerary contexts (Perro Alto in Valladolid, El Virganzal in Burgos, Dolmen de La Ermita in Salamanca, La Sima Tumulus in Soria, among others) and in contexts of production of raw materials like salt, this is the case of Molino Sanchón (Villafáfila, Zamora). Of Castile-La Mancha stand out several ceramic assemblages recovered in the necropolis of the Valley of the Higueras, located in Huecas (Toledo).

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The tour is accompanied by several audiovisuals that recreate different production processes of some of the pieces that are seen in the exhibition. We can see how the bell-shaped ceramic vessels, the gold bands or diadems, the copper knives, the flint tips, and the archer braces were made. -the images have been shot by Javier Trueba and Gabriela Villecco of Madrid Scientific Films and collect the recreations made by Paleorama.

As a culmination to all these spectacular pieces and their historical context, we find a recreation of the tomb of Perro Alto (Fuente Olmedo, Valladolid), accompanied by the original pieces of trousseau and a projection where it is recreated how could one of these be Funeral ceremonies.

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