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#stories from the Museo Archeologico Cagliari. Episode 59

Welcome back to our virtual tour through the showcases of the Archaeological Museum of Cagliari!
Today we’ll take you to the second floor of the exhibition, in front of the showcase dedicated to the finds from Guspini and Arbus.

A series of metal objects from the Roman age, come from the Montevecchio mine, in Guspini, found by chance in the area and purchased by the Museum in 1937.
The copper buckets, tied to the chain of a vertical wheel, were used to lift the water that invaded the mine shafts.

Also from the territory of Guspini, but from the city of Neapolis, located on the banks of the Marceddì pond, ceramic fragments have been found that indicate a life starting at least from the beginning of the 6th century BC, as well as traces that indicate a human presence since prehistoric and protohistoric times.

The urban center must have been founded by the Phoenicians, but its maximum development occurred in the Punic era. Ceramics of Attic production are abundantly represented both those decorated with black figures and those with red figures.

Many objects that refer to the votive stipe (4th-2nd century BC) dedicated to a salutary deity have also been found. The statuettes of the devotees indicate with their hands parts of the body they ask for healing.

In the spring of 1925 the tomb of Funtanazzu was discovered in Arbus during the construction of a farmhouse. The then Superintendent Antonio Taramelli carried out the excavation of the burial chamber where he recovered four small jars from the Nuragic age, as well as fragments and coins from the Punic and Roman periods that document a reuse of the tomb in historical times.

The damage suffered at the time of the discovery makes it difficult to understand in its entirety the layout of the tomb, which was made with large blocks of well-shaped limestone and covered with slabs. From the finds found inside, the construction of the tomb can be traced back to the final Bronze Age.


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