The speeches on Saturday 26, including Koch's, will be held at the Archaeological Museum of Llíria, a town near Valencia with some interesting pre-Roman and Roman sites. The finest examples of Iberian painted pottery have been found there. Some time ago I visited Edeta, a very well preserved pre-Roman site, and I was just impressed. Edeta is strategically placed on top of a mountain, overlooking the fertile plain around Llíria and the mountains beyond. This is one of the photos I took that day:
Museum of Prehistory of Valencia, which is also worth a visit. In the evening, during one of the breaks, there will be a music performance by a band called Ovidi Twins. What's peculiar about this band is that they actually have a song in Iberian! It is called Irriké, and its text is adapted from a well-known inscription that was found in Alcoi (plomo de la Serreta de Alcoi). As far as I know, it's the only Iberian song ever recorded. You can listen to it here. The song is included in a beautifully edited CD-book called Montgòlia (2011).
If you prefer, you can also take a look at the following video, where the members of the band present the song in Valencian. This is one of the things they say:
- "(Iberian) is a language that can be read, but not understood."
- "Like French".