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Title: The spatial relationship between the giants' tombs and Nuraghi of Sardinia
Author: Blake, E.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1999
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The subject of this thesis is the patterned arrangement of the stone monuments of Sardinia's Bronze Age Nuragic culture. It consists of a study of all the known giants' tombs - communal megalithic tombs of the second millennium BC - and characteristics of their placement in relation to the contemporary settlement towers known as nuraghi. The tombs' chronology, size, contents, and orientation are considered. The tombs' relations to settlements are systematically examined for the first time, through an analysis of patterns in the variables of distance, direction, alignment, altitude differential, and intervisibility. The database is a multi-level one, incorporating islandwide patterns, a regional study of a surveyed area, and a detailed case study of a tomb and two nuraghi. The data were derived from both published sources and my own fieldwork on the island. This spatial analysis permits a reinterpretation of the chronology and function of the tombs themselves. First, the patterning suggests that the earliest tombs predate the earliest nuraghi. Secondly, the characteristics of the tombs and their siting undermine the standard accounts of the tombs' function, and suggest instead a ritual role of some sort. It is clear that their relations to the nuraghi were a key feature of their significance. It is posited here that the siting of these tombs and nuraghi in relation to each other was not accidental, but demonstrates purposeful planning that cannot be attributed to functionalist imperatives alone. The results of these spatial arrangements are distinctly Nuragic locales. In charting the evolution of these locales over the course of the second millennium BC in conjunction with changes to the Nuragic culture at large, the author has detected traces of an ongoing project of cultural identity-formation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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