THE HEROES - Mont'e Prama

Slide The reality of ancient humanity is more fascinating than any imagination.
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Slide For centuries, the shepherds and peasants admired the imposing Nuragic towers.

One They believed that only gigantic beings, isolated and always at war with their neighbours, could have built such massive structures. And when they looked at huge chamber tombs, several metres long and full of bones,
they thought they were the tombs of those giant builders of the nuraghes, and that just one body was held inside each tomb.

But in truth, the giants of Sardinian folk tradition never existed in reality!

The nuraghes were built and inhabited by perfectly normal human beings, while the ‘tombs of the giants’ were actually communal graves housing dozens of normal individuals, up to two hundred men and women of all ages, all together, all equal.

The nuraghes, known by that name for millennia, and the ‘tombs of the giants’, as the country folk called them, are the Cyclopean monuments
of the Bronze Age in Sardinia (about 1700-1200 BC).

The statues of Mont’e Prama, the necropolises, the villages and sanctuaries are the product of a cultural revolution which began in the last centuries of the bronze age and flourished fully during the iron age (about 950-730 BC).

The iron age was a civilised period – organised, structured in dynamic societies undergoing rapid transformation.
The iron age was the last period of nuragic civilisation, heir to the great bronze age, yet fundamentally different.

We chose to call the statues heroes to abandon once and for all this outdated and inadequate idea of our ‘giant’ past, to highlight the lights but also the shadows, to make peace with our history, which is the mirror of our present.

Slide THE HEROES Why heroes
The necropolis of individual tombs and the extraordinary discovery of the statues make the Mont’e Prama site unique in Sardinia. READ
Slide THE HEROES Archaeology narrates Le prime indagini archeologiche hanno rivelato una complessa necropoli in uso per alcuni secoli READ Slide THE HEROES Who were the heroes
Archaeology narrates the story of Mont’e Prama and uragic civilisation, without preconceptions, to join the present with the past unveiled by scientific research. READ
Slide FIND OUT MORE Interpretation Interpreting the Mont’e Prama site: many questions are still open
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Slide FIND OUT MORE Biological anthropology A necropolis or monumental cemetery where a kind of funerary ritual was probably practised READ Slide FIND OUT MORE Heroes in literature The definition of the necropolis and the sculpture complex of Mont’e Prama as a heroon is confirmed by many contemporary studies. READ Slide FIND OUT MORE Historical background The sculpture complex of Mont’e Prama was not created by a single group of artisans over a short time span. READ Slide FIND OUT MORE References
The references are arranged in alphabetical order by author’s last name and secondly by year of publication.
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