The Study of Ritual: Methodological Framework
Nuragic Sanctuaries - Symbols, Ritual and the Management of Power in Prehistoric Sardinia - Nicola Ialongo
Nicola Ialongo [+]
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’
Nicola Ialongo is Research Assistant in the Department of Sciences of Antiquity, at “Sapienza” University of Rome. Previously coordinating fieldwork within the Bonorva archaeological project (SS, Sardinia; concluded in 2008), he currently collaborates to the excavations at the Bronze Age village at Broglio di Trebisacce (CS, Calabria) and at the village and cult place at Monte Cimino (VT, Latium). His research and publications currently focus on Nuragic archaeology and on alternative approaches to the study of prehistoric weight measures.
Nuragic sanctuaries gather hundreds of metal votives, whose significance embodies intertwined instances of “symbolism” and “economic value”. The organizational framework of votive offerings is derived from ethnographic observations and historical comparisons, and addressed through a quantitative approach, in order to identify major trends in depositional patterns.