3D Recreation of the Motilla del Azuer and its settlement


  • 3D documentation

The Motilla del Azuer (Daimiel, Ciudad Real, Spain) is the most representative archaeological site of the Bronze Age in La Mancha region (2200-1300 BC). The term ‘motilla’ refers to a fortified settlement that is surrounded by a flat landscape, being the Motilla del Azuer its best-known example.

Nowadays the best-preserved part of the site is the fortified enclosure which contains a complex defensive system made up of concentric walls that belong to different construction stages. As central features, an impressive tower and a deep, open-air well where the water necessary for daily life was gathered.

However, it is around the motilla where the domestic space was built by its inhabitants. This area is the least well-known, and for this reason archaeological geophysical prospections were carried out using 3D GPR technology by the CAI de Arqueometría y Análisis Arqueológico de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Geophysical prospection results in combination with the 3D documentation undertaken by Global Digital Heritage, together with the archaeological excavations driven by Daimiel Town Hall and Castilla-La Mancha regional government, permitted the development of a virtual hypothesis that resulted in a 3D recreation of the Motilla del Azuer generated by Torrejón Estudio. It includes not only the fortified enclosure but also the settlement around it and an unknown outer wall.

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