Iconografia nautica de la Peninsula Iberica en la Protohistoria BAR International Series S-1982 by Arturo Rey Da Silva 108 pp., 46 b&w figs and maps, 19 ship profiles from Antiquity, c.100 images in Appendix 1 Archaeopress for BAR, Gordon House, 276 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7ED, 2009, £29 (sbk), ISBN 978-81407305141
Article first published online: 10 FEB 2014
© 2014 The Authors. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology © 2014 The Nautical Archaeology Society
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 212–213, March 2014
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Christensen, A. E. (2014), Iconografia nautica de la Peninsula Iberica en la Protohistoria BAR International Series S-1982 by Arturo Rey Da Silva 108 pp., 46 b&w figs and maps, 19 ship profiles from Antiquity, c.100 images in Appendix 1 Archaeopress for BAR, Gordon House, 276 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7ED, 2009, £29 (sbk), ISBN 978-81407305141 . International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 43: 212–213. doi: 10.1111/1095-9270.12050_7
- Issue published online: 10 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 10 FEB 2014
This book is about rock carvings of ships on the Iberian Peninsula, with a few representations on pottery included. The author discusses the symbolic value of the pictures, and their place in the society of the Late Bronze Age. The first part of the book has five chapters. Chapter 1 is on ship pictures related to landscape and society. Chapters II, III and IV treat finds from different parts of Spain—the Straits of Gibraltar, the Atlantic coast and the Balearic Islands. In II some pottery fragments from Portugal are included. In Ch. V the representations are seen in the context of sanctuaries and sites with Atlantic and Mediterranean connotations from the period 1250–750 BC. Then follows a short concluding chapter. The rest of the volume is an illustrated catalogue of ship images.
This catalogue (Appendix 1) gives the location and illustrates and describes the various images, and has a bibliography for each representation. All illustrations are black-and-white; there are a few photos including some striking images based on satellite photography, while the ship representations are mainly line drawings. There is a list of illustrations and an overall bibliography.
The publication is rather plain but well produced. For a Scandinavian archaeologist with limited knowledge of Spanish, the most valuable part of the book is the catalogue. Ships are very often shown in the rock carvings of Denmark, Sweden and Norway which are contemporary, and it is good to have a catalogue of comparative material from a different cultural sphere.
Spanish is an important language spoken by a considerable part of the world's population when we include South America, so it is sad that BAR does not insist on an English summary—even a short one would have added greatly to the number of possible readers and users.