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Title: Ancient Trade in South-Eastern Iberia
Subtitle: The Lower Segura River as Focus of Exchange Activities
Author(s): ABAD CASAL, Lorenzo , GRAU MIRA, Ignacio , SALA SELLÉS, Feliciana , MORATALIA JÁVEGA, Jesus
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 2 Issue: 2 Date: 2003
This paper focuses on the exchange activities of the Iberian communities of the southeastern region of Spain during the Iron Age (5th-2nd centuries BC). On the basis of archaeological evidence, particularly settlement patterns and the distribution of imported goods, we identify the Iberian sites of El Oral and La Escuera, in the lower Segura valley, as trade centres in the Early and Classical Iberian periods respectively. We suggest that they played a key role as intermediaries between oriental traders and other Iberian peoples in the inland regions of the Iberian Peninsula.