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#stories from the Archaeological Museum of Cagliari. Episode 57

Welcome back to the new appointment to discover our exhibition itinerary and the showcases of the Archaeological Museum of Cagliari.
Today we will show you the showcase where the finds from the villages of Goni, Siurgus Donigala and Sant’Andrea Frius are exhibited.
One of the best known archaeological sites in the territory of Goni is the necropolis of Pranu Mutteddu. Archaeological exploration on the plateau, located about 2 kilometers from the town, has highlighted an extensive necropolis with circular tombs and a large number of menhirs arranged in pairs or in small groups, but also in alignments.
All the monuments of the necropolis, despite the ancient and recent violations, have returned finds of the Ozieri culture of the recent and final Neolithic (4100 and 3500 years BC). In addition to the ceramic features, obsidian and flint tools and some silver necklace elements appear.
In Sant’Andrea Frius in 1936, two Roman tombs were accidentally found which returned items dating back to the 3rd century A.D. There are small glass vessels, locally produced ceramics, including a particular type of jug, and oil lamps and cups with a single handle of an unusual shape.

Various finds come from Siurgus Donigala: two bronze axes from the Nuragic age, from the Timon collection, but of an unknown context, although they may be pertaining to a well temple reported by Antonio Taramelli at the beginning of the century.

Also in Siurgus in the last century the votive deposit of Linna Pertunta was excavated, consisting of an underground room made of square blocks. The objects that were recovered there cover a very large time span that goes from the 5th century BC. to the early Middle Ages. However, most of the finds are from the Punic and Roman Republican periods. These are Hellenistic-inspired figurines, purely local masks such as those of Mitza Salamu in Dolianova and anatomical votives (feet and hands).

In the Su Nuraxi nuraghe of Siurgus Donigala, an excavation was carried out in 1983 which highlighted the reuse for funerary purposes in late antiquity. The interior of the main tower, in fact, housed the remains of at least 15 individuals, of which part of the skeletal remains and personal grave goods were found: bronze buckles, earrings, glass beads necklace, a silver coin of Justinian age (552-565 AD).

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