Prehistory

Sword from Guadalajara

Gold and copper
Province of Guadalajara
Middle Bronze Age
Mid-2nd millennium BC
 

This object is an example of how swords evolved over the course of the Bronze Age into prestige weapons and emblems of social rank. With its decorated gold-plated hilt, it was designed as a dress sword rather than for combat, and first and foremost as a symbol of power.

Catalogue

The objects in this section of the catalogue refer to different aspects of the daily lives of the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula during this long period. They primarily include implements made out of stone, bone, clay or metal, which demonstrate how human beings became increasingly skilled at exploiting their environment during the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze ages.

Glotón del Jarama

Paleolithic

          

Ídolo placa

Neolithic and Chalcolithic

         

Ajuar de El Argar

Bronze Age