A giant from Sardinia at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki


On Thursday morning, 28 boxes that traveled from St. Petersburg – with delays due to adverse weather conditions – arrived at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and three groups of scientists, about 20 people from Greece and Italy, began working feverishly to set up the exhibition “Sardinia, megalithic island. From menhirs to nouragis: stories from a stone in the heart of the Mediterranean “, which will be inaugurated on February 11, 2022, at 19:00, at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

After Berlin and St. Petersburg, the journey of Sardinian archeology and Nouragian culture stops in Thessaloniki, before ending in Naples. Through 188 exhibits, the visitor will have the opportunity to get to know one of the most charming cultures of the Mediterranean, which continues to impress and arouse the intense interest of scientists and visitors.

The public “welcomes” at AMTH a giant dating back to 700 BC, “the honorary guest”, as noted by the Deputy Director of the Museum Angeliki Koukouvou, who traveled standing in a special construction. Of particular interest are the bronze statuettes, the bronzes, which are an impressive testimony to the religious life of the people of the Nouragian period. They reproduce male and female figures in various social roles, animals, objects and even buildings. Their large number offers the visitor a rich picture of the Nouragian society in relation to their clothing, body management, armament and nutrition.

An important part of megalithic architecture is also found in tombs and places of worship, in the “tombs of giants” – there are relevant models in the exhibition – as they are known for their imposing size. There was a belief that they were built for giants, but in reality they were collective burials of entire communities.

The exhibition is divided into six sections and enriched with informative texts, as well as visual and audio material, dedicated to the ancient culture of Sardinia, the Nouragian culture, with its imposing megalithic buildings, nouraggia, dolmens, menhirs and tombs of yangs. .

“The already famous masterpieces, but also the most recent findings of the area are highlighted through a presentation that highlights the wider archaeological context,” notes Ms. Koukouvou.

The exhibition has already been hosted at the National Museum of Prehistory and Proto-History of Berlin and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, while its last stop after the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki will be the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

The event is the latest in a comprehensive program of Cultural Heritage and Tourism for Sardinian Archeology in the Mediterranean, funded by the European Union. Organized by the Region of Sardinia – Department of Tourism, the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari and the Regional Directorate of Museums of Sardinia – in collaboration with the four museums that host it – under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) and the Italian Ministry of Culture (MIC), the collaboration of Fondazione di Sardegna and Villaggio Globale International which has undertaken the organization and general coordination.

The exhibition is accompanied by a scientific catalog in five languages ​​(Italian, English, German, Russian and Greek).

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