A State-Formation Perspective

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.


The rise of public sanctuaries is put into a long-term perspective. With the aid of geostatistical analyses on a very large sample, patterned variability of sanctuaries locations is addressed, in relation to developmental models of Nuragic settlements systems, through the Bronze and Early Iron Ages (2nd – early 1st millennia BC). A comparable analytical framework is setup for contemporary regional settings in Italian Peninsula, in order to identify similarities and divergences. The analytical framework is conceived to provide an empirical perspective on the often claimed emergence of “confederations” around 1000 BC.

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Ialongo, Nicola. A State-Formation Perspective. Nuragic Sanctuaries - Symbols, Ritual and the Management of Power in Prehistoric Sardinia. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2025. ISBN 9781781791479. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=22866. Date accessed: 15 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.22866. Sep 2025

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