The 2014 excavation campaign
On 5 May 2014, archaeological investigations at Mont’e Prama resumed after more than 30 years, led by a team of experts from the Cagliari Superintendency (Alessandro Usai and Emerenziana Usai) and the University of Sassari (Raimondo Zucca, Paolo Bernardini and Pier Giorgio Spanu).
Geophysical investigations with georadar were carried out over an area of approximately 80,000 m2. The subsoil was examined by Professor Gaetano Ranieri from 16 different angles to observe the anomalies of the terrain.
On the basis of the main geophysical results and analyses of aerial and satellite photos, trial excavations were carried out in three squares in the easternmost portion of the area, without however finding any elements confirming the anomalies recorded by the instruments.
Therefore, the focus of the excavations once again turned to the necropolis, to the south of the portions already investigated by Bedini and Tronchetti in the 1970s.
By the side of a new stretch of the funerary road, eight tombs covered with square slabs were unearthed and, further to the east, a further eight tombs of the simple pit type, set in three irregular rows and covered by a heap of stones, destined for the single burial of individuals in a crouched position. Judging from the pottery dating back to at least the 10th century BC, they were the earliest tombs at the site.