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The dawn of writing in Western Mediterranean: a comparative approach to the Iberian epigraphic corpus

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Project "ZEPHYROS" data sheet

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city: PARIS
postcode: 75230

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 173˙076 €
 EC max contribution 173˙076 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-15   to  2017-09-14


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DE PARIS-SORBONNE (PARIS IV) FR (PARIS) coordinator 173˙076.00


 Project objective

This project proposes a study of all known Iberian inscriptions (about 2.000 documents dating from the 5th century BC to the 1st century AD) in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. The study of the Iberian corpus will be set in a broad cultural context, including the rise of the first Western written traditions and their linguistic and cultural contacts. I will focus on issues such as the relationship between text and object, the Iberian adoption of exogenous epigraphic models (mainly Phoenician/Punic, Greek and Latin), and the level of literacy within the male and female spheres of this society. Although the Iberian language in not yet fully deciphered, its epigraphic texts represent a cornerstone of the ethnological and cultural understanding of the protohistoric peninsular peoples and their insertion within the Mediterranean world. For the time being, however, there is no comprehensive study of the Iberian corpus, which has grown considerably over the past decades. On the other hand, there has been a tendency to study the Iberian world and its written culture in an overly isolated way, without sufficiently considering the panorama of neighbouring territories, which provide significant parallels.

The specific objectives of this project can be synthetized as follows: publication of the entire corpus of Iberian inscriptions according to current academic criteria, including a digital open access version; linguistic analysis of these texts with a special attention to the cultural context in which they were produced; study of the Iberian written culture in a broad cultural context, including neighbouring territories such as Northern Africa. This project will therefore contribute to the understanding of the Iberian language as well as the circulation of cultural models within the Western Mediterranean. It will ultimately represent an innovative step toward the comprehension of the birth of European identities.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2015 J. Ferrer, N. Moncunill, J. Velaza
Towards a systematisation of Palaeohispanic scripts in Unicode: synthesising multiple transcription hypotheses into two consensus encodings
published pages: 13-55, ISSN: 1578-5386, DOI:
Palaeohispanica 2019-06-13
2017 J. Ferrer - N. Moncunill- J. Velaza - D. W. Anderson
Proposal to encode the Palaeohispanic script (L2/17-129)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 N. Moncunill - J. Velaza
Iberian. Language, Writing, Epigraphy.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 N. Moncunill
Nombres comunes en ibérico y su inserción dentro de la frase
published pages: , ISSN: 1578-5386, DOI:
Palaeohispanica 2019-06-13
2016 N. Moncunill - J. Gorrochategui - J. Ferrer
Nueva lectura de la inscripción ibérica sobre piedra conservada en el Museo de Cruzy (Hérault)
published pages: , ISSN: 0213-2095, DOI:
Veleia 2019-06-13
2017 C. Stannard - A. G. Sinner - N. Moncunill - J. Ferrer
A plomo monetiforme from the Iberian settlement of Cerro Lucena (Enguera, Valencia) with a north-eastern Iberian legend, and the Italo-Baetican series
published pages: , ISSN: 2294-1118, DOI:
2016 N. Moncunill
Novecientos antroponimos ibéricos
published pages: , ISSN: 1578-5386, DOI:
Palaeohispanica 2019-06-13
2017 N. Moncunill - I. Simón
Deux estampilles ibériques de Ruscino et Canohès (Pyrénées-Orientales)
published pages: 95-112, ISSN: 0373-1928, DOI:
Études Celtiques 2019-06-13
2016 N. Moncunill, J. Velaza
Epigraphy and onomastics in the Hesperia databank
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
EAGLE Conference. Digital and Traditional Epigraphy in Context 2019-06-13
2017 N. Moncunill
Indigenous naming practices in the Western Mediterranean: the case of Iberian
published pages: , ISSN: 1224-2284, DOI:
Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica 2019-06-13
2017 N. Moncunill - J. Francès
Un nuevo cálato inscrito de Ca n’Oliver (Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona)
published pages: 61-69, ISSN: 0210-3729, DOI:
Saguntum 0210-3729 2019-06-13

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