Entangled Objects and Hybrid Practices

Colonial Contacts and Elite Connections at Monte Prama, Sardinia


  • Carlo Tronchetti Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, Cagliari
  • Peter van Dommelen University of Glasgow




Phoenician colonization, Nuragic culture, Monte Parma


The Iron Age statues of Monte Prama (west-central Sardinia) have long been famous for their unique nature and reputation as the best known examples of Phoenician colonial influence on indigenous Nuragic traditions. These statues, however, form part of a much more complex site that in turn was integrated within a wider colonial landscape. In this paper we propose a new reading of the Monte Prama evidence both by examining the site itself in minute detail and by exploring its wider social and colonial contexts. This detailed analysis enables us to advance our understanding of the colonial situation in west central Sardinia during the 7th century BC.

Author Biographies

Carlo Tronchetti, Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, Cagliari

Museo Archaeological Nazionale Cittadella dei Musei 09129 Cagliari, Sardegna Italy

Peter van Dommelen, University of Glasgow

[email protected] Department of Archaeology University of Glasgow Glasgow G12 8QQ Scotland



How to Cite

Tronchetti, C., & van Dommelen, P. (2007). Entangled Objects and Hybrid Practices: Colonial Contacts and Elite Connections at Monte Prama, Sardinia. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 18(2), 183–208. https://doi.org/10.1558/jmea.2005.18.2.183




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