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Mysterious Giants of Monte Prama: Avatars of an Ancient Civilization

Date:

10/21/2016


Mysterious Giants of Monte Prama: Avatars of an Ancient Civilization

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Presented under the auspices of the Region of Sardinia and in collaboration with the Archaeological Institute of America's Chicago Society on the occasion of the 16th Annual Italian Language Week in the World

"Mysterious Giants of Monte Prama: Avatars of an Ancient Civilization", a lecture by Dr. Roberto Nardi

Friday, October 21st at 6pm

Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450

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The Giants of Monte Prama are colossal, prehistoric stone statues of boxers, archers and warriors, recently found in Sardinia dating back to 800 BC before Rome was even founded. They belong to the Nuragic civilisation, which flourished in Sardinia for two millennia until the second century AD. The figures, standing over 6.5ft high, are distinguished by their unearthly eyes.

Roberto Nardi leads the conservation project of the Giants of Monte Prama, which received the Europa Nostra Award and the Public Choice Award last year. Dr. Nardi received a degree in archaeology from the University of Rome and graduated in conservation of archaeological materials at the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, Rome. In 1982 he founded the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica (CCA), a private company carrying out public commissions in the field of conservation of ancient monuments and archaeological sites. He has directed more than 50 projects and training courses in 14 countries, including the Arch of Septimus Severus and the Temple of Vespasian in the Roman Forum, the Atrium of the Capitoline Museum in Rome (Keck Award 2014), the town of Zeugma in Turkey, the wall paintings at the Madrasa Amiriya in Yemen (the Aga Kahn Award for Islamic Architecture 2007), the mosaic of the Transfiguration in the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai and the prehistoric sculptures of Mont’e Prama (Europa Nostra Prize 2015).

During his visit to Chicago, Dr. Nardi will give a second lecture on this topic at the Field Museum on Saturday, October 22nd at 1pm in Lecture Hall 1. This lecture is free with Museum admission.

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Information

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016

Time: At 6:00 pm

In collaboration with : Field Museum, Regione di Sardegna, Archaeological

Entrance : Free


Location:

Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Ave, S

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