In the necropolis of North Gate of Castulo it highlighted the presence of a monumental tomb dated in the fourth century BC, on Iberian period, which had all its grave goods, thus providing valuable information for the understanding of our Heritage.
In the center of tomb the grave goods was, highlighting the presence of a luxurious red-figure krater imported from ancient Greece.
The krater, which contained inside the cremated remains of a person, was next to an urn, a pottery plate, a small ceramic cup and small personal items related to the life of this person: as a ring and several spindle whorls. These pieces were deposited in the same place more than 2,300 years ago.
Once in the laboratory, it is important to perform a series of previous cleaning tastings before boarding any intervention.
These previous tastings help determine the strength of the material, and thus it is possible to assess the products to be used and the method of action most conducive to begin the cleanup phase.
Conservation and Restoration helps us to shed light on the history of the object and also preserve and convey that story to future generations.
This archaeological excavation, like those made previously by Dr. José María Blázquez in the necropolis of the North Gate, shows a little more of the History of Castulo and the largest necropolis of the city, with an extension that can be over 50,000 square meters and an occupation for more than eight centuries.
The Iberian Tomb of the Northgate Necropolis
Conjunto Arqueológico de Cástulo, Linares (Jaén)
Consejería de Cultura de la Junta de Andalucía
Curated by Francisco Arias de Haro and Marcelo Castro López.
Texts: Francisco Arias de Haro y Marcelo Castro López.
Photography: Jose Manuel Pedrosa Luque, Yolanda Jiménez Morillas, Carmen Repullo Roldán and Francisco Arias de Haro.
Infographic: esTRESd Patrimonio Virtual.
Digital layout: Francisco Arias de Haro.