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Second Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[20/41]  ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY OF ART [41/00 - Ord. 2011]  PERCORSO COMUNE 12 60


The main learning goals of this course are:
- The knowledge of the main evolutionary stages from Copper to Bronze age complex societies in Sardinia, with special reference to the down of the Nuragic civilization;
- The capacity to place the above-mentioned cultural processes in their own regional context, in their precise chronological place, and in the perspective of the possible interactions, basing on the more updated archaeological evidence;
- The skill to identify the main categories of the Sardinian protohistoric material culture;
- The capacity to explain, organize and critically revise the archaeological evidence and the main notions about Bronze and Iron age in Sardinia;
- The ability and competence in carrying out with a good level of autonomy the archaeological documentation both in the field and in laboratory.


The following prerequisites are considered as basic:
- the knowledge of the methods of analysis of pre-state societies, with specific reference to the archaeological indicators of the level of social complexity;
- the skill at identifying and interpreting artifacts and contexts of the protohistory of Sardinia, placing them in their respective chronological and cultural phase.
- the knowledge of the archaeological fieldwork methods, of the main methods and techniques of archaeological laboratory activities and archaeometry, aimed at interpreting data from both artifacts and ecofacts.
- the capacity to understand the basic content of complex archaeological papers in English and/or French (level B2 of the Common European Framework)
Furthermore are considered to be basic even abilities in the practice of stratigraphic excavation of prehistoric and protohistoric contexts, in computer assisted data elaboration, and good competence in the technical language of prehistoric and protohistoric research.


rotohistory of Sardinia - Syllabus
An outline of advanced Holocene cultural sequence in Sardinia, with specific reference to the topic of the dawn of complex societies in the island. The main archaeological markers of social complexity. Monuments, specialized productions, symbolism and funerary ceremonials. Palaeoecology and Sub-Boreal palaeoclimate in Western Mediterranean. Sites, settlement patterns and economy in Bronze Age Sardinia. Chronology and cultural sequence of Bronze and Iron Age Sardinia. Characteristics of Bronze Age material culture. Architecture for life, worship and death. Pottery, lithic and metal production: typology, morphology ant technology. Patterns of social organization, dwelling strategies and symbolism in Sardinia societies from the Bronze to the first Iron Age.

Teaching Methods

Lectures. A seminar / laboratory on different categories of material productions of the Eneolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age of Sardinia is planned. Teaching needs permitting, both field trips in Sardinia and exercises of stratigraphic excavations will be carried out.
It will be possible to have recourse to live streaming of the lectures to fulfill specif teaching needs, according to the epidemic evolution. Furthermore, tests could be performed interacting at distance through the available information system.

Verification of learning

Oral exam.
Three to five questions will be asked. Questions will be addressed to test the learning of the course with regard both to the lectures and to the contents of the recommended bibliography. The exam will check the skill to analyze and to relate the different topics of the course, as well as the ability to speak and present the matter with correctness and property. Students with a good qualification will get a rate from 18 to 30, accordingly to the learning and skill levels; students revealing an excellent qualification will get top marks to the exam.


- Atzeni E., La Cultura del bicchiere campaniforme in Sardegna in F. Nicolis, E. Mottes (a cura di) Simbolo ed enigma. Il bicchiere campaniforme e l'Italia nella preistoria europea del III millennio a.C., Trento 1998, pp. 243-253.
- Cicilloni R., Il Megalitismo in Sardegna, in Cossu T., Lugliè C. (a cura di), La preistoria della Sardegna. Il tempo delle comunità umane dal X al II millennio a.C., Nuoro 2020, pp. 145-158.
- Lilliu G., La civiltà nuragica, Sassari 1982.
- Perra M., Politica, economia, società nel mondo dei nuraghi, in Moravetti A., Alba E., Foddai L. (a cura di), La Sardegna nuragica. Storia e materiali (VOL. I), Sassari 2014, pp. 137-150.
- Ugas G., L’alba dei nuraghi, Cagliari 2006.
- Ugas G., La Sardegna nuragica. Aspetti generali, in Moravetti A., Alba E., Foddai L. (a cura di), La Sardegna nuragica. Storia e materiali, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, Sassari 2014, pp. 11-34.

Further bibliography will be suggested during the course.

More Information

Attendance at classes and other teaching activities is strongly recommended. During the lessons we will explain how to use correctly the recommended bibliography. Further bibliographic integrations will be provided during the course. Students who may not attend at the course have to arrange supplementary bibliography with the professor.

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