We are archers, warriors, boxers
but everyone call us the Giants.
We are the ancient statues
of Mont’e Prama, we are the figures of skilled, fearless young men.
Some of us, like those young men, bear the arms of war: the finely-worked pectoral, shield and sword, or the bow with a quiver full of arrows. Others show, on a body wearing only a loincloth with a rear triangle, the arms of ritual boxing: the glove armed with a point and a light curved shield.
All around us, the sacred stones and models of the tall stone towers express the cultural identity of our people, built over the centuries on this great island.
At one time, we stood in serried ranks in the necropolis along the road at the foot of the hill, in western Sardinia, in the countryside of Cabras, in the Sinis district.
Ties of blood and culture join the generations.
We, the statues, represent descent, identity, the values of a living community.
The Giants of Mont’e Prama
The type represented is that of the praying archer known from bronze statuettes.
The statues representing warriors are those in the worse state of conservation.
The boxers covering their heads with their shields make up the largest number of reconstructed statues
Models of nuraghes and Betyls
The models of nuraghe were already known, as examples had been found at several different sites
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The history of Mont'e Prama told by the archaeologist Alessandro Usai, director of the archaeological excavations.
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The restoration work
The first phase of the project focused on the preliminary classification of the fragments by body part. This was followed by sub-division into classes.