The city of Edeta and its territory

Sala VI
Tossal de Sant Miquel (Lliria), was excavated between 1933 and 1953 and is known for its collection of decorated vessels with what is called the narrative style of Lliria-Oliva. This painted pottery has, occasionally, written texts as part of the decorations, constituting the largest Iberian epigraphic archive known to date.
The archaeological site has been identified with the ancient Edeta from quotes from classic authors of the likes of Claudius Ptolemy. Its importance lies not only in the extraordinary quality and exceptional material assemblies, among which are figured decorated vessels, but also on the relationship it established with other settlements in the territory.
Thus, and since the end of the V century B.C., Edeta exercised political and economic control over a vast territory in which scattered villages and hamlets exploited agricultural and livestock resources. Examples of such are Monravana (Lliria), Castellet de Bernabé or la Senya (Villar del Arzobispo). This territory was bound by a defensive network of forts located in the Sierra Calderona, as Puntal dels Llops (Olocau), who maintained visual relationships between them and the city.


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