Giovanni Marongiu civic museum, Cabras
Inaugurated in 1997, the Giovanni Marongiu civic museum holds important findings regarding the municipal territory of Cabras, from prehistory to roman times.
The rooms of the museum display finds from the pre-nuragic village and necropolis of Cuccuru ‘e is Arrius, vases and other objects from the wells of the nuragic village of Sa Osa, the nuragic bronzes of the Pulix collection, findings from the phoenician-punic city of Tharros, one of the most ancient cities in Sardinia, and iron ingots from a wreck of roman times at Mal di Ventre, the most important underwater discovery of the last decades.
On 22 March 2014 the two rooms devoted to the Mont’e Prama sculptures were inaugurated. The statues and other restored sculptures are exhibited in the show Mont’e Prama 1974-2014, set up in parallel with the National archaeological museum of Cagliari.
In 2015 a third room was opened, with the most outstanding findings of recent excavations, which are promptly restored.
They include the most exciting discovery of 2014: two statues of boxers with a different iconography from those previously found at Mont’e Prama. These statues are very close to the iconography of the famous nuragic bronze statuette of Cavalupo di Vulci of the 9th century BC.
An imposing group of sculptures: in the museum are on show 9 statues of the heroes of Mont’e Prama – 3 archers, 1 warrior and 5 boxers, 8 nuraghes – 2 simple, 3 four-lobed and 3 eight-lobed, and 2 betyls in sandstone.