Bell-Beaker pottery

Cerámicas campaniformes de Ciempozuelos Pulse para ampliar

Fired claySalto de línea Ciempozuelos (Madrid)Salto de línea Early Bronze AgeSalto de línea Early 2nd millennium BCSalto de línea

Bell-Beaker pottery, thus called because of the characteristic shape of the beakers, are thought to have been prestige objects for societies throughout Europe in which certain individuals began to acquire a distinctive rank within the community. They are associated with ritual banquets, where the consumption of alcoholic beverages must have played a central role.


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.