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Manuel Bendala Galán

D. in History from the University of Seville (1975), Professor at the University of Seville between 1971 and 1977, Professor of Archaeology at the Autonomous University of Madrid, between 1977 and 2010 (he was director of the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, from 1985 to 1989, and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, from 1992 to 1995). He was awarded the Archivo Hispalense Prize (1975), Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute (1979), Corresponding Member of the Royal Sevillian Academy of Fine Arts (1979), Trustee of the National Archaeological Museum (1980-2012), Trustee of the Pastor Foundation for Classical Studies, Trustee of the University Foundation La Alcudia de Elche, Academician of the Royal Academy of Doctors (2003), Chevalier des Palmes Academiques of France, Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Huelva (2014), Commander of the Order of Civil Merit, Ex-President of the Spanish Association of Friends of Archaeology.

Specialist in Archaeology of Ancient Roman, Mediterranean and Hispanic Antiquity. He has carried out archaeological excavations in the Casa del Mitra (Cabra, Córdoba), in Italica, in the Patio de Banderas of the Alcázar of Seville, in the Cerro Macareno (La Rinconada, Seville), in the Roman villa of El Saucedo (Talavera la Nueva, Toledo), in the Punic-Roman city of Carteia (San Roque, Cádiz). He has supervised 25 doctoral thesis and published about twenty books in his specialty and more than 200 research papers in the main national and foreign media and journals. Among his most widely followed books, the following stand out: Tartessians, Iberians and Celts. Pueblos, culturas y colonizadores de la Hispania antigua, Temas de Hoy, Madrid, 2000 (with several editions); and the last one published: "Hijos del Rayo. Los Barca y el dominio cartaginés en Hispania, Trébede Ed., Madrid, 2015. He has commissioned important exhibitions, including two of those held at the Regional Archaeological Museum of Madrid, in Alcalá de Henares: Fragor Hannibalis. Anibal in Hispania, 2013; and The Scipiones. Rome conquers Hispania, 2016.

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