The Giants of Mount Prama

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The Giants of Mount Prama are nuragic sculptures carved in the rocks. Broken into several fragments, they were found by chance in a field in March of 1974 in the locality of Mount Prama, Cabras, in the central-western Sardinia. The statues are carved out of local limestone and their height varies between 2 and 2.5 meters.

After four excavations carried out between 1975 and 1979, about five thousand fragments were found. Among them fifteen heads and twenty-two busts were kept in the storerooms of the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari for thirty years, while some of the most important parts were exhibited in the same museum. Along with statues and dolmens were found also several “Betili”- sacred stones believed to host divinities.

Cabras – The second life of the giants of Mount Prama has begun. After forty years of waiting the statues are back in Cabras and the halls of the museum “Giovanni Marongiu” tell visitors about the fascinating history of Sinis and Nuragic Sardinia. Among the exhibited oeuvres six of the statues found in 1974 on the site of Mount Prama and four models of dolmen from the same area are shown. Inside the museum of Cabras, which for the occasion presents itself with a new look, you can retrace all the steps that preceded the show: the discovery of the giants in the country, the excavations, the recovery, the study, the restoration and installation of the exhibition. Thanks to the latest technology, visitors can take a virtual journey that explores the statues and models of dolmen, which will be exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Cagliari. Some touch-screen totems will allow visitors to see the smallest detail of each of the sculptures that have permitted scholars to rewrite important pages in the history of Sardinia.