Funerary iconography and architectural space in the Neolithic rock-cut tombs of Sardinia: Some empirical data for a new theoretical approach

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Abstract

Since the 1950’s, academic research on the rock-cut tomb art of Neolithic Sardinia has essentially focussed on the content of the art (typological classification) and its chronology (chrono-stylistic periodization). This article proposes to address the spatial context of the art by examining patterns in the position of the motifs on architectural supports (walls, doorways, pillars, ceilings) as well as their distribution within the complex design of the tombs. The empirical data resulting from this analysis give the occasion for a critical review of the current approach to Sardinian tomb art and invite to rethink the theoretical and conceptual framework of this particular field.
Translated title of the contributionFunerary iconography and architectural space in the Neolithic rock-cut tombs of Sardinia: Some empirical data for a new theoretical approach
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationFonctions, utilisations et représentations de l’espace dans les sépultures monumentales du Néolithique européen
EditorsG Robin, A D'Anna, A Schmitt, M Bailly
Place of PublicationAix-en-Provence
PublisherPresses Universitaires de Provence
Pages161
Number of pages183
ISBN (Print)979-10-320-0048-9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Publication series

NamePréhistoires de la Méditerranée
PublisherPresses Universitaires de Provence

Keywords

  • Sardinia
  • Neolithic
  • Parietal art
  • Funerary iconography
  • Rock-cut tombs
  • spatial analysis
  • symbolic architecture
  • bucranium
  • spiral
  • Epistemology

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