Massimo Rassu

Shardana e Filistei

in Italia

Nuove architetture in Sardegna alla fine dell'Età del Bronzo Finale

(XII-XI secolo a.C.)

Contribution to History of Architecture

What happens in Sardinia around the 1100 B.C. ?

It is not known.

 The researchers, supported by continuous discoveries and the excavations, they noticed in that period the nuraghis were abandoned, sometimes set on fire, often demolished. On the mighty and sophisticated megalithic walls was set poor environments, small huts builded in raw stone, with scarce skill.

 Between the end of the Late Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age, in Sardinia it occurred a sort of revolution that interested the whole proto-historical society: they appear evident the sudden changes of the architectures and the elements of material culture of the native civilizations that populated Sardinia in that centuries.

This was the epoch of tumultuous stories, invasions, insurrections, collapses of as ancient as great civilizations: they were the centuries of the legendary Trojan War sung in the Homer's Ilyad, the disappearance of the Hittite kingdom, the devastation of the great cities of Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Canaan. It was the time of the assaults against Egypt of some Barbaric people, known as Sea Peoples, the Shardanas and the Philistines.

 The question is legitimate if the stories that interested the Eastern Mediterranean were somehow connected to the destruction, fire and reconstruction of the nuraghis and the other nuragic monuments of Sardinia.

 The author, comparing recent and authoritative searches and discoveries of various disciplines, of archaeologists and historiographers, of international fame, proposes a new reading of the architectural evolution and the structural techniques about the 12th-11th centuries B.C.

ISBN 88-88246-43-6
Grafica del Parteolla - October 2003 - Dolianova (Sardinia - Italy)
200 pages, with 50 unpublished sketches
euro 16
The English abstract of the chapters