Collection

The displays in the museum are organised chronologically in three small rooms and focus on the sites you can visit (The Bue Marino Cave, Serra Orrios Nuragic village, S’Ena ‘e Thomes Giant’s Tomb, Nuraghe Mannu village and the Ispinigoli cave).

Room 1

Late Neolithic- Nuragic

The first room displays material that range from the Late Neolithic to the Nuragic period: Neo-Enolithic material are tools from private collections and various places; The Ozieri culture (4100-3500 BC) is evidenced by stone and bone instruments and pottery sherds with impressed decorations, found in caves, notably that of the Bue Marino, as well as from the Domus de Janas [Fairy Houses], (actually Neolithic burial chambers) or on open ground; evidence from the Monte Claro culture (2900-2300 BC) come from the local Domus da Janas;  Attributed to the Beaker culture (2400-2200 BC) is a small brassard found in the Motorra dolmen and from the same dolmen comes some material from the Bonnanaro culture (2200-1900 BC). The earliest phase of the Mid-Bronze Age is signalled by some material from caves and the Thomes Giant’s Tomb.

Serra Orrios village is without doubt the most important site of the room, one of the most famous and visited Nuragic sites in Sardinia. The material displayed – decorated soapstone smoothers, moulds for bronze instruments, tools for working cloth, bronze instruments like the double axe all give us a glimpse of everyday life in Nuragic Sardinia.

Also in this room is the reproduction of two bronze Nuragic figurines found at Cala Gonone: the warrior with sword and shield – which can be admired better in the nearby model – and the ‘boxer’. The originals are displayed in the Cagliari Archaeological museum.

    Room 2

    Nuragic - Roman

    Room 2 contains Nuragic material such as the finds from Nuraghe Arvu and the glass bead necklaces from Ispinigoli cave. One of the display cases brings together the material from the Classical Age (Ionian amphorae) which precedes the Roman Republican phase represented by the amphorae from Tiscali. Other material comes from the Nuragic Roman site of Nuraghe Mannu: here we find ceramic sherds, metal finds, coins and faunal remains. The excavation has given us a better understanding of how the Barbagia was Romanised.

    Before you leave note the small Roman bronze scales (statera), one of the best preserved examples in Sardinia.

      Room 3

      Roman- Late Roman -Modern

      In this room you can find one of the most interesting objects, a facsimile of the military diploma of TUNILA CARESIO from the coorte II gemina Corsorum e Ligurum, who was awarded Roman citizenship by Emperor Nerva in October 96 AD. Opposite is a reproduction of a Roman soldier.

      One display case is dedicated chain pendants, both laminated and lanceolated, found at Tillai, of possible medieval attribution. Don’t miss the lead ingot, with a stamp reading L PLAANI L F RVSSINI, from the Planii family, based in Carthago Nova in modern Spain. Another important bronze inscription mentions the Prefect of the Vigiles [Roman police prefect] called EGNATVLEIVS ANASTASIVS.

      In the centre of the room and along one of the walls are some Roman amphorae found in the Gulf of Orosei that provide evidence of the traffic along Sardinia’s eastern coast, between Africa and Rome. A case on one side houses a set of Punic, Roman and late Roman coins, some of which are in gold and silver, found around Dorgali. Ending our visit to the museum is the display of some broken and whole late antiquity amphorae found in the Sos Sirios cave complex, whilst the everyday pottery is from 19th and 20th century Dorgali.

        Dorgali in 20 exhibits

        • 1 Accetta litica levigata (Collezione Pisanu)

          1 Hatchet in polished stone (Collection Pisanu)

          Hatchet in polished stone | Neo-Eneolithic, 4th/3rd millennium BC
        • 2 Hemispherical bowl (cave "Sas Frumicas")

          2 Ciotola emisferica (grotta Sas Frumicas)

          Bonnanaro Culture, 2300-1700 a.C.
        • Lisciatoio in steatite (villaggio di Isportana)

          3 Polisher in steatite (Isportana village)

          Nuragic Age, 1700-600 BC
        • 4 Calderone in bronzo (Cala Gonone)

          4 Bronze Cauldron (Cala Gonone)

          Nuragic Age, 1700-600 BC
        • Bronzetto “Il Pugilatore” (Cala Gonone)

          5 Bronze statuette “The Boxer” (Cala Gonone)

          Nuragic Age, 1700-600 BC
        • Bronzetto “Il Pugilatore” (Cala Gonone)

          6 Double axe in bronze ( Serra Orrios village)

          Nuragic Age, 1700-600 BC
        • Vaso troncoconico (tomba di giganti di Su Sueredu)

          7 Vase in the shape of a truncated cone ("Su Sueredu" site)

          Nuragic Age, 1700-600 BC
        • Collana con vaghi in pasta vitrea (grotta di Ispinigoli)

          8 Glass bead necklace (Ispinigoli)

          Punic Age, 6th – 3rd century BC – Roman and Late-Roman Age, 3rd/2nd century BC – 6th/7th century AD
        • Lingotto di piombo (Cala Cartoe)

          9 Lead ingot (Cala Cartoe)

          Roman Age, 2nd – 1st century BC
        • 10  Diploma militare in bronzo del miles TUNILA (sito di Su Anzu)

          10 Bronze military diploma of TUNILA soldier ("Su Anzu" site)

          Roman Age, 96 AD
        • 11 Stadera (Statera) in bronzo (sito di Dudurri)

          11 Bronze steelyard ( "Dudurri" site)

          2nd – 6th/7th century AD
        • 12 Fibbia in bronzo (sito di Tillai)

          12 Bronze buckle (" Tillai" site)

          Late Roman Age, 3rd – 6th/7th century AD
        • 13 Moneta (follis) con legenda URBS ROMA (insediamento romano di Nuraghe Mannu)

          Coin (follis) with inscription URBS ROMA (Nuraghe Mannu)

          Late Roman Age, 335-336 AD
        • 14Disco in bronzo con iscrizione menzionante il praefectus vigilum EGNATULEIUS ANASTASIUS (sito di Siddai)

          14 Bronze disc with inscription mentioning the praefectus vigilum EGNATULEIUS ANASTASIUS (" Siddai" site)

          Late Roman Age, 4th century AD
        • 15 Lucerna africana (Codula di Fuili)

          15 African oil lamp (Codula di Fuili)

          Late Roman Age, 4th – 5th century AD
        • 16 Anfora africana (Golfo di Orosei)

          16 African amphora (Golfo di Orosei)

          Roman Age, 2nd – 4th century AD
        • 17 Anfora di produzione campidanese (grotta Sos Sirios)

          17 Amphora produced in Campidano, Sardinia (cave "Sos Sirios")

          Late Roman Age, 4th – 6th/7th century AD
        • Pendaglio a catenelle in bronzo (sito di Tillai)

          18 Bronze pendants on chains (Tillai site)

          Late roman
        • 19 Bottiglia in ceramica invetriata (tomba di giganti di Thomes)

          19 Glazed ceramic bottle ("Thomes" site)

          Middle Ages, 7th/8th – 14th century AD
        • 20 Brocca di Dorgali (produzione Michele Sotgia)

          20 Jug from Dorgali ( artisan "Michele Sotgia" )

          20th century AD

          lower paleolithic

          • lower paleolithic

            650.000B.P. – 120.000B.P. | Rio Altana Pantallinu (Perfugas)

            Settlements and Monuments:

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            Outdoor settlements; stations.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

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            Clactonian lithic industry.

          • Middle Paleolithic

            120.000B.P. – 35.000B.P. | Ziu Santoru cave (Dorgali)

            Settlements and Monuments:

            Caves; Outdoor sites.


            Pottery and material culture

            Lithic industry.

          • upper paleolithic

            35.000B.P. – 11.000B.P. | Corbeddu cave (Oliena) S.Maria Is Acquas (Sardara)

            Settlements and Monuments:

            2020

            Caves; Outdoor sites.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            Lithic industry.

          • Mesolithic

            11000B.P.. – 6000a.C. | Su Coloru cave (Laerru) Ottana

            Settlements and Monuments:

            Caves; Stations.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            Undifferentiated epipaleolithic lithic industry.

          • Ancient Neolithic

            6000a.C. – 4600a.C. | Filiestru – Su Carroppu

            Settlements and Monuments:

            Caves; rock shelters; outdoor settlements.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            Undecorated pottery.

            Vessels with a globoid body, narrow mouth and convex bottom; handle or vertical and apicate handles; hemispherical bowls; lithic industry and on bone. Embossed ceramic; ceramic decorated with cardium.

          • Middle Neolithic

            4600a.C. – 3800a.C. | S.Ciriaco – Bonu Ighinu

            Settlements and Monuments:

            Caves; rock shelters; inhabited outdoors; necropolis with artificial caves with well or calatoia; pit tombs.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            2020

            Purified ceramic with glossy surfaces; keeled bowls and vases with wide mouths and convex bottoms; tiny bridge or ring handles with median saddle; engraved or sgraffito decorations with star motifs, triangles, festoons, falcate horns, etc. volumetric-naturalistic stone or bone statuettes (so-called Mother Goddess); green stone rings; lithic industry and on bone.

          • Recent Neolithic

            3800a.C. – 2900a.C. | Ozieri – classic

            Settlements and Monuments:

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            Caves; rock shelters; villages consisting of huts embedded in the ground, with a rectangular, circular or elliptical plan and overhanging roof;
            domus de janas; hypogean-megalithic tombs; megalithic tombs; circle tombs; dolmens; alleès couvertes; menhirs.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

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            Buccheroid ceramics, polished like a stick, often polished and engulfed; basket pots; faired cups; spherical bowl bowls; hemispheric vessels; pyxes; cylindrical glasses; amphorae with truncated cone body; ovoid and pear-shaped vases with a flat bottom; tripod vessels; decorations with bundles of serrated segments; dotted bands; decorations with dotted or dashed triangles, spirals, concentric circles, star figures, chevrons, anthropomorphic figures of the hourglass type; full plate figurines; lithic industry and on bone.

          • Eneolithic (Filigosa)

            2900a.C. – 2400a.C. | Filigosa

            Settlements and Monuments:

            Reused underground villages and necropolises; domus de janas without anteroom and with long dromoi; dolmens; alleès couvertes; menhirs.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            Simple or multi-angular hull vases; ovoid vessels; vessels with an elongated cylindrical neck; truncated conical jars; ollette; bowls and bowls; faired cups; decorations with embossed points, parallel, geometric, linear zigzag incisions; plastic and graphite decorations; lithic industry; copper dagger blades; statuettes with perforated plate.

          • Eneolithic (Abealzu)

            2850a.C. – 2630a.C. | Abealzu

            Settlements and Monuments:

            Huts with a rectangular or trapezoidal plan with a plinth in rows of stones and overhanging roof; reused hypogean necropolis; dolmens; alleès couvertes; menhirs.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            20

            Smooth ceramic; flask vases; jugs with a handle and on the opposite side two jars side by side; tripod vessels with pointed feet; statuettes with perforated plaque; lithic industry; copper tools and weapons.

          • Eneolithic (Monte Claro)

            2900a.C. – 2550a.C. | Monte Claro

            Settlements and Monuments:

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            Reused villages; villages with huts with a round, elliptical or rectangular plan with a stone base and conical roof; megalithic walls; caves and rock shelters; reused hypogean tombs; hypogea with entrance to cockpit or calatoia; lithic cyst burials; cave burials; pit tombs; dolmens; menhirs.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            2020

            Vessels with cylindrical, biconical, hemispherical, truncated cone, amphoriform shape, with flared rim, wide mouth and often with double handles superimposed two by two; basket pots; boilers; dishes; bowls; cups; jars with pouring spouts; plate lids; vases with three feet; decorations with parallel grooves and ribs; lithic industry; copper dagger blades.

          • Eneolithic (bell-shaped A)

            2850a.C. – 2350a.C. | bell-shaped A

            Settlements and Monuments:

            Reuse of previous or contemporary tombs, structures and sites.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            202020

            Inverted bell glasses; hemispherical basins often provided with three or four feet; decorations with bands and dotted triangles; buttons with V-shaped perforation; brassards; lithic industry; copper weapons and tools; schematic petroglyphs; statue-menhirs.

          • Eneolithic (bell-shaped B)

            2350a.C. – 2000a.C. | Bonnanaro I (Padru Josso – Su Crucifissu Mannu) | bell-shaped B

            Insediamenti e Monumenti:

            Riutilizzo di tombe, strutture e siti precedenti o coevi.


            Ceramica e Cultura materiale:

            20

            Ciotoloni emisferici provvisti di tre piedi; grandi tazze ad alto bicchiere campaniforme liscio carenato; tazzine a carena arrotondata con anse ad anello;
            armi e utensili in rame o bronzo.

          • Ancient Bronze Age

            2000a.C. – 1800a.C. | Bonnanaro I

            Settlements and Monuments:


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            20

          • Ancient Bronze Age (Corona Moltana)

            1800a.C. – 1600a.C. | Bonnanaro II (Corona Moltana)

            Settlements and Monuments:

            Reuse of domus de janas; lithic cist tombs; cave burials; allées couvertes.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            2020

            Ink pots; truncated conical cups; faired cups with wide mouths and high shoulders; tripods with decoration with vertical cords or ribs; cups; cylindrical jars; hourglass vases; elbow loops, sometimes with asciform extension; weapons and tools in copper or bronze.

          • Ancient Bronze Age (Sa Turricula)

            1600a.C. – 1500a.C. | Nuragic civilization "bonnanaro III (Sa Turricula)"

            Settlements and Monuments:

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            Corridor nuraghi; simple tholos nuraghi; megalithic tombs. Rectangular huts with a stone row base and a double sloping roof.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            Cylindrical vessels with neck decorated with triangular vertical ribs; big bowls carined; pans with tongue or bridge grip provided with corbels; hemispherical bowls; Four-handled tolls; bowls and truncated cone bowls; polypod jars; elbow lugs.

          • Middle Bronze Age (Nuragica)

            1500a.C. – 1300a.C. | Nuragic civilization

            Settlements and Monuments:

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            Tombs of giants; monosome and tafone tombs; cave burials.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            Comb ceramic; pans; faired cups; jars with everted edge and with thickened edge; boiled pots with internal strip; perforated lids; horseshoe stove; level;

          • Late Bronze Age

            1200a.C. – 850a.C. |Nuragic civilization

            Settlements and Monuments:

            202020

            Simple tholos nuraghi; complex tholos nuraghi with longitudinal or transversal frontal addition, with lateral addition, with concentric addition: trilobed, tetralobed, five-lobed;


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            20

            Buccheroid ceramic or with leather-colored external surface; askoid vessels; reverse elbow lugs; complex tholos nuraghi with longitudinal or transversal frontal addition, with addition bowls with horizontal handle handles; faired cups; vases with thickened rim; pintadere.

          • Iron Age (Nuragic)

            850a.C. – 750a.C. | Nuragic civilization

            Settlements and Monuments:

            Ceramics and Material Culture:2020202020

            Rough Late Nuragic pottery; craters with spool lugs and bridge lugs; trays; askoi; jugs. Askoi; askoid vessels; flasks; cups; complex geometric decorations: circles, nut eyes, lambda, false cord; painted and plastic decorations, including figured ones. Imported materials from Cyprus, Phenicia, Greece and Etruria. Geometric ceramic herringbone, herringbone and circles, stralucido; askoid vessels; piriform jugs with false spout; large pans-tray; pintadere; clay stoves; plate lamps; boat lamps with animal-like protome; pintadere decorated; stone statuary; bronze statuettes and votive boats; bronze weapons and tools; ornaments.

          • Iron age (Phoenician)

            750a.C. – 535a.C. | Phoenician civilization

            Settlements and Monuments:

            In the rock, accessible through a well in whose walls there are pedaroles, hypogeic tombs, usually composed of two rooms, with dromos equipped with steps, pit tombs with stone slabs cladding, etc.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            Rough Late Nuragic pottery; craters with spool lugs and bridge lugs; trays; askoi; jugs. Askoi; askoid vessels; flasks; cups; complex geometric decorations: circles, nut eyes, lambda, false cord; painted and plastic decorations, including figured ones. Imported materials from Cyprus, Phenicia, Greece and Etruria. Geometric ceramic herringbone, herringbone and circles, stralucido; askoid vessels; piriform jugs with false spout; large pans-tray; pintadere; clay stoves; plate lamps; boat lamps with animal-like protome; pintadere decorated; stone statuary; bronze statuettes and votive boats; bronze weapons and tools; ornaments.

          • Iron age (Punic)

            535a.C. – 238a.C. |  Punic civilization

            Settlements and Monuments:

            2020
            City; tophet; streets; necropolis; chamber tombs, well tombs, with one or two chambers excavated.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            2020

            Vascular ceramics; amphorae; figured terracotta; coins; inscriptions; jewelry, ornaments and amulets; stone sculptures, reliefs and sacred furnishings; artefacts in bone and ivory; figured bronzes, bronzes of use and sacred furnishings; metal weapons and tools, etc.

          • Roman age

            238a.C. – 476d.C.

            Settlements and Monuments:

            2020

            City; settlements; villas; farms; aqueducts; ports; streets; bridges; necropolis; capuchin tombs, pit tombs; tombs in amphora; enchytrismòs tombs within large ziri; caisson tombs; tombs in sarcophagus; arcosolium tombs; columbarium tombs; urn tombs, mausoleums; etc.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

            2020

            Black painted ceramic; Italic sealed ceramic; African sealed pottery; thin-walled ceramic; common and fire pottery; various ceramics; amphorae; bricks and tiles; coins; inscriptions; weapons; objects and tools in iron and bronze; bone artifacts; glasses; jewelry and ornaments; votive statuettes in ceramic and bronze; sculptures in stone and bronze, etc.

          • Middle Ages

            476d.C. – 1492d.C.

            Settlements and Monuments:

            2020

            City; villages; castles; towers; streets; churches; necropolis; etc.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:

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            Various ceramics; weapons; metal artifacts and tools; coins; inscriptions; bone artifacts; jewelry and ornaments, etc.

          • Modern and Contemporary Age

            1492d.C. – 1950d.C.

            Settlements and Monuments:

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            Post-medieval structures.


            Ceramics and Material Culture:20

            Post-medieval productions.

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