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Water-temples of Sardinia: Identification, inventory and interpretation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Criteria for identifying prehistoric water-temples among other archaeological remains in Sardinia have not been explicitly discussed so far, making it difficult to investigate this remarkable body of evidence as a whole. This study therefore aims at elaborating a method for identifying water-temples among other fonts and wells in Sardinia, and applying it to produce a preliminary inventory. A theoretical discussion of definable criteria for assessing possible cult status in this context precedes an evaluation of the investigable wells and fonts reported in the island. Buildings found to lack cult correlates are noted in an Appendix, while buildings presenting them are inventoried in a Catalogue. A discussion of the results considering spatial, temporal and cultural aspects follows, leading to a new perspective regarding the genesis of the Sardinian water-temples.

Abstract [it]

Criteri per l'identificazione di templi ad acqua preistorici fra altri residui archeologici in Sardegna non sono stati esplicitamente discussi fin'ora, rendendo difficile l'indagine di questo straordinario insieme di evidenze come tale. Questo studio vuole perciò elaborare un metodo per identificare templi ad acqua fra altri pozzi e fonti in Sardegna, e applicarlo per produrre un inventario preliminare. Un discorso teorico di criteri definibili per valutare l'eventuale status cultuale nel contesto precede una valutazione degli indagabili pozzi e fonti segnalati nell'isola. Edifici trovati mancanti di correlati di culto sono notati in un Appendice, mentre edifici che li presentano sono inventoriati in un Catalogo. Segue una discussione dei risultati, considerando aspetti spaziali, temporali e culturali, portando ad una nuova proposa in riguardo alla genesi dei templi ad acqua sardi.

Abstract [sv]

Kriterier för att identifiera förhistoriska vattentempel bland andra arkeologiska lämningar på Sardinien har hittills inte diskuterats uttryckligen, vilket gjort det svårt att undersöka denna anmärkningsvärda fyndkategori som helhet. Denna studie syftar därför till att utarbeta en metod för att identifiera vattentempel bland andra funter och brunnar på Sardinien, och tillämpa den för att göra en preliminär inventering. En teoretisk diskussion av definierbara kriterier för att bedöma eventuell kultstatus i sammanhanget föregår en utvärdering av de studerbara brunnar och källor som har rapporterats på ön. Byggnader som befunnits sakna kultkorrelat noteras i ett Appendix, medan byggnader som uppvisar dem inventeras i en Katalog. En diskussion av resultaten med rumsliga, tidsliga och kulturella aspekter i åtanke följer, och leder till ett nytt perspektiv gällande te sardiska vattentemplens tillkomst.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 117 p.
Keyword [en]
water-temple, Sardinia, Nuragic, isodomic, cult correlate, sacred well, sacred font
Keyword [it]
templi ad acqua, Sardegna, nuragico, isodomo, correlato di culto, pozzo sacro, fonte sacra
Keyword [sv]
vattentempel, Sardinien, nuragisk, isodomisk, kultkorrelat, helig brunn, helig källa
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-235468OAI: diva2:760470
Available from: 2014-11-05 Created: 2014-11-04 Last updated: 2014-11-05Bibliographically approved

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