Funerary art and architectures in Late Neolithic Sardinia: New approaches

Guillaume Robin, Florian Soula, Nadia Canu

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Abstract

The fourth millennium BC in Sardinia is marked by the development of a major and unique rock-cut tomb tradition. Locally known as domus de janas (house of the fairies), these monuments were used for collective burial during the Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods in the island (c. 4400-2600) and are usually found grouped together in cemeteries. They have a complex architecture made of several successive spaces (dromos, antechamber, central large chamber, cells) which suggests elaborate death rituals were held inside them. Some tombs are decorated with carved and painted motifs in order to resemble the interior of houses.
Translated title of the contributionFunerary art and architectures in Late Neolithic Sardinia: New approaches
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationMégalithismes et monumentalismes funéraires
Subtitle of host publicationPassé, présent, futur
EditorsVincent Ard, Emmanuel Mens, Muriel Gandelin
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherSidestone Press
Pages225-243
ISBN (Print)9789088909900 , 9789088909894
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2021

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