Giovanni Marongiu Civic Museum
at 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.

Grape seeds from the Nuragic period found in the sacred well of Sa Osa

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.

The display of the Giovanni Marongiu Civic Museum for the exhibition of models of nuraghes found during the excavations in 1979
2014, view of the exhibition of Giovanni Marongiu Civic Museum in Cabras

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.

The two statues of boxers found in 2014. That on the left is still to be restored.
Models of nuraghes found in 2014 (the two on the right) and in 2016, shown at Giovanni Marongiu Civic Museum of Cabras.

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.

The small statuette of the Mother Goddess found at the site of Cuccuru ‘e Is Arrius and on show at the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari
Reconstruction of the tophet of Tharros, Giovanni Marongiu Civic Museum, Cabras.

Free guided tours are available, by appointment for groups.
The Museum organizes workshops, meetings and conferences
.

Giovanni Marongiu Civic Museum
via Tharros 121
09072 Cabras (OR)

opening times
from April to October
morning 9.00-13.00 – evening 16.00-20.00
Sundays and holidays, evening 15.00-20.00
from November to March
morning 9.00-13.00 – evening 15.00-19.00, closed on Mondays

 contacts
+39 0783 290 636

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